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Select the Link to file check box, and click OK. You can create an entirely new object based on another program without leaving your workbook. For example, if you want to add a more detailed explanation to your chart or table, you can create an embedded document, such as a Word or PowerPoint file, in Excel. You can either set your object to be displayed right in a worksheet or add an icon that opens the file.
On the Create New tab, select the type of object you want to insert from the list presented. If you want to insert an icon into the spreadsheet instead of the object itself, select the Display as icon check box. Depending on the type of file you are inserting, either a new program window opens or an editing window appears within Excel. When you close the workbook your new objects will be saved automatically.
After you add the object, you can drag and drop it anywhere on your Excel worksheet. You can also resize the object by using the resizing handles. To find the handles, click the object one time. Link or embed content from another program by using OLE You can link or embed all or part of the content from another program.
In the File name box, type the name of the file, or click Browse to select from a list. To display an icon, select the Display as icon check box.
Optionally, to change the default icon image or label, click Change Icon , and then click the icon that you want from the Icon list, or type a label in the Caption box. You cannot use the Object command to insert graphics and certain types of files.
To insert a graphic or file, on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Picture. If the document does not already exist, click the Create New tab. In the Object type box, click the type of object that you want to create. If the document already exists, click the Create from File tab.
To change the default icon image or label, click Change Icon , and then click the icon that you want from the Icon list, or type a label in the Caption box. From a program other than Excel, select the information that you want to copy as a linked or embedded object.
On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy. Switch to the worksheet that you want to place the information in, and then click where you want the information to appear. To paste the information as an embedded object, click Paste. In the As box, click the entry with the word "object" in its name. For example, if you copied the information from a Word document, click Microsoft Word Document Object. Right-click the icon or object, point to object type Object for example, Document Object , and then click Convert.
Optionally, you can change the default icon image or label. To do that, click Change Icon , and then click the icon that you want from the Icon list, or type a label in the Caption box. You can set links to other programs to be updated in the following ways: On the Data tab, in the Connections group, click Edit Links. The Edit Links command is unavailable if your file does not contain links to other files.
In the Source list, click the linked object that you want to update. An A in the Update column means that the link is automatic, and an M in the Update column means that the link is set to Manual update. To select multiple linked objects, hold down CTRL and click each linked object.
To update a linked object only when you click Update Values , click Manual. An A in the Update column means that the link will update automatically, and an M in the Update column means that the link must be updated manually. I can't update the automatic links on my worksheet. The Automatic option can be overridden by the Update links to other documents Excel option. Under When calculating this workbook , make sure that the Update links to other documents check box is selected.
The Edit Links command is unavailable if your file does not contain linked information. In the Source file list, click the source for the linked object, and then click Open Source. If you are editing the object in place within the open program, click anywhere outside of the object to return to the destination file. If you edit the embedded object in the source program in a separate window, exit the source program to return to the destination file.
Double-clicking certain embedded objects, such as video and sound clips, plays the object instead of opening a program. To edit one of these embedded objects, right-click the icon or object, point to object type Object for example, Media Clip Object , and then click Edit. Edit an embedded object in a program other than the source program.
To convert the embedded object to the type that you specify in the list, click Convert to. To open the embedded object as the type that you specify in the list without changing the embedded object type, click Activate. Click Special , select Objects , and then click OK. Point to Object or Chart Object , and then click Edit. Close other programs to free up memory, if necessary.
Switch to the source program, and close any open dialog boxes. Select the linked object, and then click the Edit Links command in the Connections group on the Data tab to see the name of the source file. If the source file has been renamed or moved, use the Change Source button in the Edit Links dialog box to locate the source file and reconnect the link.
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