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Linking Documents and Files

Linking data between applications enables one document to show the changes that occur in another document. This capability can be very useful in many business situations. For example, you may have an engineering proposal that is constructed from a standard Word template. The drawings within the template, however, are linked to graphics files and the cost estimates and schedules are linked to worksheet files. When you open the proposal in Word, or at any time, you can update the linked data so that the graphics, cost estimates, and schedules are always current.

There are two ways to link files. You can link the entire file by choosing Insert, File, or you can link data between Windows applications with Edit, Paste Special. Linking creates a communication channel between two open Windows applications. Data can be sent through this channel when information in the source changes, or when you manually request an update.


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