+ 2 Votes Word 2007 Opens SLOWLY Because of External Excel Links matthew 6 years ago We experianced this same problem, if you open that excel file and then open your word file it will open normally. We have had to open 2 cases so far with issues. If you have Formatted Text Links(RTF) in the header and body of the document the header links are corrupted and don't update you need to manually update them with a vba script with autoopen. If you open a case for this you won't be charged since it's obviously not the behavior wanted. I don't think you could write a vba script to auto open that excel doc though, because that first updating of the links you are talking about happens before autoopen is executed. I would definately bring this up with microsoft and file a case. I mentioned it to them on my last talk with them, but didn't file a case. Write back if that fixes your issue if the excel doc is opened and then the word doc. + 0 Votes Any Update from Microsoft to this KNOWN Bug myrondabs 4 years ago I too have been having this problem. Has Microsoft come up with a fix. I have tried the SP2 and it did not fix the problem. + 0 Votes Same problem with PowerPoint as well pan 6 years ago I get this same problem as well - with PowerPoint as well as Word. Both apps will open Excel in the background no matter what update option is selected. Anyone have any info on this? + 0 Votes We have the exact same problem after upgrading to 2007 ted.hansen 5 years ago Have you found a fix or work around for this issue? I desperately need a solution.