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Including Objects from Other Applications: Linking Versus Embedding

Microsoft Access is an OLE client application, meaning it can contain objects from other applications. Access 97 is also an OLE server application. Using Access as an OLE server is covered in Chapter 25, “Automation: Communicating with Other Applications.” Access's ability to control other applications with programming code is also covered in Chapter 25. In the following sections, you learn how to link to and embed objects in your Access forms.

Bound OLE Objects

Bound OLE objects are tied to the data in an OLE field within a table in your database. An example is the Photo field that's part of the Employees table in the NorthWind database. The field type of the Employees table that supports multimedia data is OLE object. This means that each record in the table can contain a unique OLE object. The Employees form contains a bound OLE control whose control source is the Photo field from the Employees table.


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