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Chapter 23. Effective Applications for O... > Working with Linked OLE Objects

Working with Linked OLE Objects

When you insert an OLE object and link it to its original file, the file can be edited in its source application, and the linked object automatically updated. This means that when a linked object is inserted in a drawing, and the object’s original file is modified, the linked OLE object in AutoCAD automatically updates to reflect the modifications. This feature is very useful for ensuring that the latest version of an inserted OLE object appears in an AutoCAD drawing.

Although the ability to automatically update and display the latest version of a linked file is very useful, there will probably be occasions when you don’t want the linked object to automatically update. For example, if you want to permanently save a set of drawings that represent a 50% completion set, then you do not want OLE objects to automatically update when the 50% completion set of drawings is re-opened for reference in the future. You need the ability to control whether or not linked OLE objects automatically update.


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