Hyperlinks to local file system are handled incorrectly when opening a MS Word document

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OpenOffice.org Writer Novell Edition


When opening Microsoft Word documents using Novell OpenOffice.org, the hyperlink pointing to local file system that are eventually present in the document, are considered as Internet hyperlink and the prefix "HTTP://" is added.

This broke the hyperlink itself and cause the browser to start instead of the original pointed file to open.

This issue affects both OpenOffice.org for Linux and for Windows.


Fixed in OpenOffice.org 2.4.1 Novell Edition or later.

Additional Information

Steps to Duplicate:

  1. Create a document using MS Word (Tested with MS Word 2002(10.5815.4219) SP-2;
  2. In the Word Document insert an Hyperlink pointing to another MS Word document located in the same folder on the local file system;
  3. Save and close the document;
  4. Open the same MS Word document using Open Office;
  5. Move the mouse on the hyperlink;
  6. You'll notice that "HTTP://" has been added before the file name;
  7. The hyperlink is being considered as an internet link instead of a local file system link;
  8. Use CTRL + Left Click on the Hyperlink and the local browser will start instead of the originally pointed document to open up.


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  • Document ID:3056579
  • Creation Date: 03-Apr-2008
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • OpenOffice

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