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Chapter 9. Advanced Form Techniques > Including Objects from Other Applications...

Including Objects from Other Applications: Linking Versus Embedding

Microsoft Access is an ActiveX client application, meaning that it can contain objects from other applications. Access 97, and all subsequent versions of Access, are also ActiveX server applications. Using Access as an ActiveX server is covered in Chapter 22, “Automation: Communicating with Other Applications.” Access's ability to control other applications with programming code is also covered in Chapter 22. 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 Picture field that's part of the Categories table in the Northwind database. The field type of the Categories table that supports multimedia data is of the OLE object field type. This means that each record in the table can contain a unique OLE object. The Categories form contains a bound OLE control, whose control source is the Picture field from the Categories table.


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