Some Mac computer and laptop users have reported that they are getting the “Compile error in hidden module: link” error while trying to open and close word documents. Even though this error does not affect your computer or laptop or cause any damage to the files or operating system, after a while, it becomes quite annoying to see the pop-up error window every time you open or close Word.
Reasons for Compile Error in Hidden Module Link
This compile error warning message is displayed mainly when the source code is incompatible with the version, platform, or architecture of Word application.
This issue happens with computers or laptops having the Adobe add-in. This Adode add-in gets installed with Acrobat DC automatically, to support some Adode software functionality. This add-in source code is incompatible with the version of the application (i.e. Word in this case) you are using. Hence the error popup window is displayed.
Fix Compile Error in Hidden Module using Word for Mac
There are a few fixes to the problem of compile error in the hidden module in word application on Mac laptops or Mac computers. I will list out some of those methods below.
1. Move linkcreation.dotm from Startup Folder to Another Folder
To fix compile error in the hidden module while using the Word application in the Mac computer or Mac laptop, you have to move a particular file from the Word startup folder to any other folder. Proceed with the following steps, to move the problem causing file to another folder.
- Close Word application.
- By using “FINDER”, go to the “GO” menu.
- Now, select ‘Go to folder’ menu item.
- Copy and paste the following line into the Go folder.
- ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Startup/Word/
- If you could not find the folder using the above-mentioned method then, again go to step 2 and repeat the same procedure from step 2 to step 4.
- Instead of the line in step 5, copy and paste the following line into the Go folder.
- Users/YOURUSENAME/Library/Group/Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Startup/Word.
- Alternatively, You can open the Library folder in Macs by pressing the Alt key on your keyboard and clicking on the “Go” menu, and then choose “Library”.
- Find out a file with the name linkcreation.dotm. This is the file that causes the error.
- Drag and drop the file to your desktop. Do not copy and paste the file.
- Open the word application and this time you notice that the error popup window is not there. You have successfully fixed the error popup window from appearing each time the word application is opened or closed.
2. Update Word Version
If you are using an old version of Word application in your Mac computer or laptops, please update the Word to the latest version. This fixes the compile error in a hidden module link error.
To update the Microsoft Word application and other MS Office products, do the following steps.
- Open MS Word or any other Microsoft Office product like MS Excel, Outlook or Powerpoint. This is done by clicking on the desktop and then clicking on the “Go” on the top menu.
- Now, click “Applications”. Select MS Word or any other MS application.
- Select “Help” (last menu item) from the top menu inside the application.
- Now, select “Check for Updates”. It is the third menu option inside the “Help” menu.
- Select “Automatically”, to download and install MS software updates automatically. It is the third radio button.
- Now, click on “Check for Updates”, on the right-hand side, below the radio buttons mentioned above.
- Wait for the automatic update process to complete the download and installation of the latest update for MS office application.
- Check if the error popup window problem in the MS word is fixed or not.
3. Update Adobe Software
Updating the Adobe software on the Mac computer or Mac laptop can fix the compile error in most cases. To update Adobe software, follow the instructions given below.
- Go to the Adobe application.
- Click on “Help”.
- Now, click on the “Check for Updates” button.
- If any updates are available, the updater window will display a button “Download and Install”.
- Click on the above-mentioned button.
- Wait for the updater to download and install the updates.
- Now, open the word application and see if the error is resolved or not. In almost all cases, the error should be fixed by now.
4. Move Pdfmaker Files to a Different Folder
Two files, Pdfmaker.xla and Pdfmaker.dot, can cause the compile error in hidden module link. To resolve this issue, move those two files out of MS Office folders. This can be done by following the procedure given below.
- Search for Pdfmaker.xla file.
- If the file is found, drag and drop the file outside of the MS Office folder to any other folder like the desktop.
- Search for Pdfmaker.dot file.
- If the file is found, then move the file to any other folder than the MS Office folder. For instance, it may be dragged and dropped to the desktop.
- This fixes the error in almost all cases.
Conclusion: Some Mac users are getting the error popup window which says “Compile error in hidden module: link”, while trying to open or close word documents. Though not a critical error, this error warning message becomes annoying over a period of time.
This popup error window occurs with Mac computers or Mac laptops having the Adobe add-in, which is installed as part of the Acrobat DC. The source code of this add-in is incompatible with the version of the Word application. Hence, the ‘compile error in the hidden module link’ is displayed.
One fix is to move the file linkcreation.dotm from the Word application startup folder to some other folder like the desktop. Another fix is to update the Word version with the latest updates.
Updating the Adode software with the latest updates is another solution to avoid compile error popup window errors. Moving the two Adode files, pdfmaker.xla and pdfmaker.dot, to a different folder out of the MS Office folder can also help fix the compile error in Word applications.