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Chapter 8. Working with Word and Excel Files > Linking to Office Documents

Linking to Office Documents

Linking to an Office document is just like linking to any other file on your computer. After you create the link in Contribute and publish the page, Contribute automatically transfers the file to your site. There is, however, one major difference enjoyed by whomever selects the link: In most cases, the Word or Excel document opens in that person's browser. Microsoft includes the capability to view Word or Excel files in all their versions of Internet Explorer. With this ability in mind, you can see why linking to an Office document is a great way to make information available.

You can link an Office docu-ment to a web page in one of two ways: dragging and dropping or using the Link > File on My Computer command. As noted earlier, the drag-and-drop method depends on your preference settings. If you have your preferences set to always create a link, the link is automatically created; if you've chosen to be asked each time, a dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 8.3. When you select the Create a Link to the Document option, the link is inserted using the filename as the linking text.


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