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Linking Data

The two techniques that you have learned so far place static copies of selected data in a new location. There is no link between the data in the source and destination documents.

A more sophisticated way to exchange data in Windows 98 is through linking. Before the arrival of the OLE standard, dynamic data exchange (DDE) was the technology used to link data. Now, OLE offers both linking and embedding. With OLE, you can create links from one document or file to another document or file. These links can be between documents that are created in the same application (such as Word) or documents that are created in different applications (such as Word and Excel). After you establish a link, you can update the linked information automatically by editing the original source of the information. This means you can use data in various places but update it in only one place.


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