Well, its very strange, but someone asked me if named-range linking worked in
a completely new XL table and Word document. I tried it, and it did work.
Since then, it's been working on older documents as well! Although I am still
wary, the problem seems to have fixed itself!
I don't know where you got the impression that named-ranges have been
discontinued in XL2007. As far as I can see, they still work as before,
although the process of defining, re-defining them & so on has been
considerably complicated (in some ways for the better).
I must confess, I do like much of what XL2007 offers, particularly the
bigger spreadsheets. Mind you, I think the Ribbon would drive me nuts if I
didn't remember the menu commands from 2003 (which still work, although you
don't see the old menu).
Whatever happens, I won't be uninstalling XL2003 any time soon as I cannot
do without import/export of Lotus 123 and dBase files, which XL2007 has