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Chapter 3. Modifying Simple Graphics > The Mystery of Paste Special (Windows)

The Mystery of Paste Special (Windows)

Previous versions of Flash were able to take advantage of the Paste Special command—a feature of the Windows OS that uses embedded OLE objects to create links between a pasted item and its creator program. Flash 5 no longer supports this linking feature, but the Paste Special command still exists under the Edit menu (Figure 3.28). The main purpose of the Paste Special has been removed, but it does work slightly differently than the regular paste command. And those differences may be just what you need on occasion (Figure 3.29).

Figure 3.28. The Paste Special command is still available from the Edit menu in Flash 5 for Windows (A). The Paste Special dialog box seems to offer you the chance to create linked bitmaps (B) or text (C), but when you actually try to complete the operation by clicking OK, a dialog box appears telling you that Flash 5 no longer supports embedded OLE objects (D).



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