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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 15. O

OLE

In Windows: OLE

Object Linking and Embedding, or OLE, is Microsoft’s technology for embedding live, self-updating copies of one kind of data—such as spreadsheet data—in another kind of document, such as a word processing document. OLE is fairly similar to the Mac’s Publish and Subscribe technology.

You can insert OLE data from one program, such as a spreadsheet, into another program, such as Word, in one of two ways: as linked data, which updates automatically when you change the source material, and as embedded data, which, like a standard piece of pasted data, maintains no link to any extra document. (Use File → Insert and then turn on “Link to file” to create a self-updating link.) Consult the application’s manual for details on how to link or embed objects appropriately.

Opening Files

In Windows: Opening Files

The basics of opening files are similar in both Macintosh and Windows, but the preferred methods of working differ.

Documents and applications. As on the Macintosh, there are quite a few possible ways of opening documents and applications in Windows, including these:

  • Double-click the icon (or a shortcut to it).

  • Right-click the icon and then choose Open from the contextual menu.

  • Right-click a document’s icon; choose Quick View from the contextual menu. This option isn’t available for all documents and doesn’t open the document in the application that created it, but instead in a separate Quick View window.

  • Drag a document’s icon onto the icon of an application that ...

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