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Working with OLE

OLE provides the easiest way to place Visio shapes or diagrams into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other applications that support the Windows Clipboard and OLE. When you use OLE to place Visio shapes or diagrams, you maintain a connection with Visio, so you can edit the shapes or diagrams using Visio tools and features. OLE is just a broad name for the technology that allows you to use information from one application in another. All the Office System applications support OLE, which means that you can insert and edit Office documents within Visio, or add Visio diagrams to Office documents, as Figure 7-1 shows. Although OLE has been around for a while, you might not be familiar with the term. If you’ve ever copied and pasted information from one program into another, or used the Paste Special command in an Office application, you’ve probably taken advantage of OLE.

Figure 7-1. With OLE, you can embellish an ordinary Word memo by linking or embedding a Visio diagram in the document.



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