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Part IV: Unleashing Day-to-Day Windows 9... > Sharing Data in Windows 98: The Clip...

Chapter 19. Sharing Data in Windows 98: The Clipboard and OLE

IN THIS CHAPTER

Father (eating chocolate bar): What did you learn in school today?

Daughter (eyeing chocolate bar): Sha-a-a-a-ring.

Chocolate bar commercial from the '70s

It used to be that applications operated in splendid isolation. For example, if you needed to write a memo, you'd fire up your word processor program and start hunting and pecking. If you then realized you needed a spreadsheet to complement the text, you'd shut down the word processor, load up your spreadsheet program, and start crunching numbers. The only tools you had at hand to connect these two documents were a paper clip and a “See attached” message.

Now, thanks to Windows wonders such as multitasking, the Clipboard, and OLE, applications have gone from isolation to collaboration. Not only can you have your word processor and spreadsheet applications running at the same time, but you can easily share data between them, to the point where you can actually place, for example, an entire spreadsheet inside a word processing document.

This willingness to share data between applications is one of Windows 98's best features, and it's the subject of this chapter. I'll focus on the sophisticated linking and embedding operations used with OLE.


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