I know I can link items to items within the same site collection with a new field type in sharepoint 2013 called related items.

I wonder what are my options if I need to link one documnet in one site collection, with another one in a different site collection?

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In SharePoint a special content type exists that is called "Link to a document" and can be added to any document library.

You need first enable management of content types on a library and the you can add it to the library.

Once this has been done you can link to any file based on an http link.

You will find a detailed description of this: How to use a "Link to a document in place of real document in SharePoint"

  • but I want to link an existing document to another document, not put a link in a library to a document Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 19:04
  • In this case this is Word related not SharePoint related. You will find a how to here howtogeek.com/73960/… Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 22:31
  • that is not correct, not what I want. They want to link documents to documents, so that when they view the properties of a document in sharepoint, they can see the related items (other documents), the problem those documents can in other site collections. Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 6:42
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    Then why don't you add a field that says related document. The type of that field should then be rich text field or multiline of text? Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 14:19

You could also set up an external content source to the other SharePoint document list and pull documents in through a list directly that way as well.

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