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Object Packager\windows\system32\packager.exe

Create "packages" for insertion into documents.

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Command Prompt packager

Description

Many larger applications support the dragging and dropping of data from one program to another. For example, you can highlight a dozen cells in Microsoft Excel, drag them into a Microsoft Word document, and Word will insert the dropped data as a new table. Furthermore, under certain circumstances, there will be an active link between the two applications so that you could make a change to one of the spreadsheet cells and the change would be reflected in the Word document immediately.

As you might expect, there's more going on behind the scenes to make all this possible than might be immediately apparent. Indeed, Windows creates a "package" containing the selected data and then inserts that package into the target document. Microsoft has given many names to this technology, but their first, Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), is the one that has stuck in many users' minds

Object Packager is a tool used to create such a package manually, useful if you need more flexibility than is achieved with drag-and-drop.

The Object Packager window has two panes: the Appearance pane displays the icon that will represent the package and the Content pane displays the name of the file that contains the information you want to package. To choose an icon, click the Insert Icon button. To choose a file, go to File Import.

When you're done, go to Edit Copy Package to prepare the package. The last step is to switch to the target application and paste the newly prepared package into your document. Once the package icon appears in the target document, you can activate the package by double-clicking it, which will open the packaged file according to your Files Types settings. For example, if the packaged file is a bitmap, activating the package will open that bitmap in Paint (discussed later in this chapter).

This preservation of the original file's format, and its associated application, is the whole point of Object Packager. Otherwise, pasting a bitmap into a document would be a one-way procedure; if you needed to update the bitmap at a later time, you would most likely need to delete the bitmap from the target document and then repaste it.

Another advantage of Object Packager is its ability to override the default association for the inserted file. Go to Edit Command Line to enter any new application filename or other command to be executed when the package is activated.

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