SharePoint 2010 site shortcuts for "Connect to Office" or File | Save As or File | Open dialog box are not available


Within Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote, select within each of the products, select File, Save As or File, Open dialog box in Office 2010, the SharePoint site shortcuts within the SharePoint sites folder are not present.  Or you have selected a SharePoint document library, on the Library Tools tab, Library, choose on the Connect & Export area of the ribbon, Connect to Office choice.  When you select this, it will write a shortcut to the document library into the Office 2010 area under Favorites folder name, SharePoint Sites.

*****This will ONLY work with pure 2010 environment, client and server.  If you have anything 2013 installed on client, this feature can behave unpredictably as this feature was deprecated in 2013.*****


1. Launch Regedit (if you have permissions to launch Regedit)

2. Within the registry key:


Check the registry key value of PersonalSiteURL, if you have MySite listed in the value, then copy the URL and see if the URL resolves in the browser.

3. There is another registry key to check to see if it is already present and if it is set to the Mysite - http://my equal to your MySite URL:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\common\Portal\Link Providers\MySiteHost]



NOTE:  URL = http://my is your MySite URL - this is a String value.

4. If the registry key is not present in step #3, then you will need to implement this key as a policy:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\14.0\common\Portal\Link Providers\MySiteHost]


NOTE:  URL = http://my is your MySite URL - this is a String value.

5.  If the MySite is an FQDN site (URL contains periods), then you will need to add the following registry key(s) under:


1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.

4. Type AuthForwardServerList, and then press ENTER.

5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.

6. In the Value data box, type the MySite URL, i.e. or, and then click OK.

7. Also check the BasicAuthLevel key to make it shows a value of 2 (if your MySite is https)

8. Restart the Webclient service


For testing purposes, you can add a value to the registry so that it bypasses the default time which is 24 hours. You will need to add the value of DWORD: LinkPublishingFrequency and set the value for decimal to 60 seconds:



(Hexidecimal value = 60 seconds decimal)

Once the value is set, launch Word or Excel, and File | open or File | Save, and check the registry key in step #1.

Comments (8)

  1. toravlds says:

    We also have a mixed 2010 & 2013 environment, and have great difficulties syncing the links for some users. A followup would be greatly appreciated!

  2. So what about those mixed scenarios (2010 clients with 2013 server or vice versa)?

  3. Techbots says:

    Hi Scotland_MSFT,

    we are also very interested in your seperate posting on ‘Separate posting to follow on if you have 2010 and 2013 client installs. ‘ We are experiencing this issue and cant seem to find any solution to this problem anywhere on the net.

    You would be of much help!


  4. Vikas Sid says:

    We are also interested for mixed office 2010 and SharePoint 2013. We are facing issue with Connect to Office. "SharePoint Site" orange icon display on "C:Users[UserID]" path but links/shortcut not created.

  5. Jim Mollé says:

    This article mentions that another post will follow for a mixed SharePoint 2010 & Office 2013 environment. Am I missing something? I don’t see a link to that scenario.

  6. Alan McF says:

    +1 for the further article

  7. angus says:

    So I take it there is no follow up article for 2013?

  8. della says:


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