Importing and Linking Word Documents



This page covers the difference between Importing and Linking and how to import or link. Some of the information will be common to importing and linking to FrameMaker documents but I do not use FrameMaker and no specific information is provided for that application.

See below for links to specific instructions and for troubleshooting information when things have not gone as expected.

Importing and Linking - What's the difference?


When you import a Word document it is imported as one or many topics depending on how you configure the import. Once the document has been imported there is no relationship with the Word document and any changes to it will not be reflected in your topic(s).


When you link, a relationship is retained and updates to the document can be reflected in your topic(s).


RoboHelp 9.0.2 and above

Describes how to import using RoboHelp. It covers all versions from 9.0.2 to RoboHelp 2017.

General Information

General information that can be useful when your import has not gone quite as expected.


The linking process is very similar to importing. The most important difference is that a link is maintained with the source Word document so that any changes to it are reflected each time you generate the help.

RoboHelp 9.0.2 and above

Describes how to link using RoboHelp. It covers all versions from 9.0.2 to RoboHelp 2017.


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Topic Revisions


Changes to this page

06 Feb 2017

Links to procedures for versions below RoboHelp 9.0.2 removed.

03 Sep 2015

Reference to RoboHelp 2015 added.

14 Jan 2014

Minor amendments to show topic also applies to RoboHelp 11.

23 Nov 2012

Confirmed RoboHelp 9.0.2 procedures work in RoboHelp 10 as well.

19 Jan 2012

Importing and Linking for RoboHelp 9 added.

06 Jun 2011

New topic. Previously there were various import pages. This page summarises and links to those and adds new pages.