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How to remove error reference source not found in word?

“Error! Reference Source Not Found” message will occur when you delete one caption or other content that is “referenced” somewhere else in the Word document. Some users may need to delete these error references from the document. This tutorial will give you some advice to remove all error references in Word.

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Remove all error reference manually

However when a referenced caption or content is deleted in document, you may not see the error message (Error! Reference Source Not Found) on your screen until you try to print the document, or if you save it and re-open it. Then how can we remove all such error reference in Word? You can do as following instructions.

1. Press Ctrl + A keys together to select the whole document, and then press F9 key to unlock the fields. You can see error reference like this:

2. Select the error message, and press the Backspace or Delete key to remove these error references one by one.

It's quite easy to remove an error reference with this method. However, it will be very awful and tedious to remove dozens of error reference one by one manually.

Remove all error reference with Kutools for Word

Actually there is a more convenient and quicker method to remove all error references in Word. You do not need to update the field. Kutools for Word’s Remove all error reference utility allows you to remove all error reference with one click.

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1. Click Kutools Plus > More > Error Cross-Reference. See screenshot:

2. In the Captions dialog, please click the OK button to go ahead.

3. Now, a dialogue popping up to tell you how many “error! Reference source not found.” Will be remove in your document. Click OK to finish the removing.

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