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Chapter 21. Linking and Embedding > Embedding vs. Linking

Embedding vs. Linking

When you embed another application's data in Excel, your Excel document stores a complete copy of the source data. Because you have a complete copy of the source data (the paragraph from Microsoft Word, for example, or the voice annotation you created in Sound Recorder), that information remains intact even if the source is destroyed or becomes otherwise unavailable. But the embedded copy becomes completely independent from the source. The source might change, but the embedded copy does not.

When you link your Excel document to some external data, your document records pointers to the source of that data. If the source changes, your workbook can change accordingly.


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