Office 2011 Excel Incompatibility across network - Links Breaking!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by txjeep, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. txjeep macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    I could really use some help. I am on a network where I am the only Mac user. We use Excel a lot. I have many links to cells in other workbooks that need to be updated all the time, and other users share these files. When I add a link in one of my files and save it using Excel for Mac 2011, a Windows Excel 2010 user must reestablish the link location because my Mac is saving the path in a Mac-specific format.

    In other words, when I save something as //CDI/User. The Windows machine sees it as //CDI/Volumes/User. That breaks the link, since there is no folder called "Volumes".

    I ran a compatibility report and this is what I get:
    "macintosh-specific links to files might not work in excel for windows"

    Is there a solution for this? My only other option, which I have been doing for a couple of years, is to run Win Office on my XP emulator. I dislike that greatly.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I don't have any real experience to help you, but was wondering if you could just use relative paths for your links - that is assuming all the workbooks are on the same file system.
  3. txjeep thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Okay, found the issue and a fix. The issue is an incompatibility between mapped drives in Windows and UNC naming with Mac. Mac saves the path differently than Windows when using mapped drives (which we do). I found an article that detailed how Excel stores links based on file location and figured out that if I put all the files in the same folder, the link problem goes away, since Excel only saves the file name in that situation (rather than the whole path name). I tried that and it worked!

    Thanks Scoob for your post. It was your comment about relative naming that helped me find what I needed.
  4. kgapp macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Can you post a link to that article? I have the same issue with some file links not working when my excel file is opened on the alternative platform. I would be interested in reading up on how I can resolve that.

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