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Chapter 18. The Graphics Programs of Off... > Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)

18.7. Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)

Linked and embedded objects are both chunks of data, like drawings or spreadsheets, nestled within a document in one Office program but actually created by another.

You edit them in whatever program created them, but behind the scenes, there's a big difference in where their data is stored. A linked object's data is stored in a separate file (what Microsoft calls the source file). An embedded object, on the other hand, is an integral part of the file in which it appears. All its data is stored right there in the document. That's why an embedded object bloats the file size of the document that contains it. However, embedding an object means that you'll never have to endure that sickening jolt when you realize you're missing an important speech that you copied to your laptop (as you might if you had only used linking).


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