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Chapter 19. Integrating with Office XP > Working with Embedded Office Objects

Working with Embedded Office Objects

Whereas linking connects two applications through a pasted file or a portion of a file, embedding places an entire document and makes the tools of its native application available within another application file. Your choice to embed (rather than link) is based on what you want to do with the object and, in some cases, who will be using the application in which the embedded object resides. The following are two situations that support the decision to embed an object:

  • Limited system resources Rather than have two applications open at once, embed one in another by embedding an object. While the object is active, the object's application is also active (and its tools appear in the target application window). The source application can then be closed after any editing of the object is performed, leaving the object in the target file, and freeing system resources for the target application.

  • Simplicity Instead of linking (and having to decide when and if to update links), embed an application object and build the content you need, using the embedded application's tools. There is no need to restrict your moving and renaming of the file because no other files are linked to it.


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