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Chapter 23. Effective Applications for O... > Importing Objects into AutoCAD Using...

Importing Objects into AutoCAD Using OLE

You can create compound documents in AutoCAD by linking or embedding objects from other applications. For example, you can insert a table from a spreadsheet application, a set of notes from a word processing application, and a graphic image from a paint program. By inserting the desired objects into your AutoCAD drawing, you create a compound document.

Note

A functional limitation exists when dealing with many Windows-type files such as Word and Excel. Documents longer than a single 8"×11" page will be truncated to that size in spite of how much you select to paste into AutoCAD. Due to the Windows Metafile format, long spreadsheets or Word documents cannot show more than the first whole page. Your options at this point are to tile multiple “Copy-Paste” objects or to try to compress the font and cell sizes to get more in one 8"×11" page.



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