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Part: III EXTENDING ACCESS WITH INTEROPE... > DRIVING OFFICE APPLICATIONS WITH AUT...

Chapter 13. DRIVING OFFICE APPLICATIONS WITH AUTOMATION AND DDE

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Interoperability is a major feature of the Office products. One kind of interoperability is working in one application, such as Access, and manipulating an object in another application, such as a document in Word. For example, interoperability lets you print an Access report to a Rich Text Format file, open a session of Word from Access with the report as its document, format the report in any style desired, and print the report in Word. This might not seem like a big task, but trying to perform it before Automation (OLE in versions before Office 97) existed would have been pretty difficult, especially before DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange). Automation performs this feat in an almost seamless manner.


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