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Excel® 2010 Bible by John Walkenbach

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Chapter 29. Sharing Data with Other Office Applications

IN THIS CHAPTER

Understanding data sharing

Pasting and linking data

Embedding objects in a worksheet

Embedding a workbook in a Word document

The applications in Microsoft Office are designed to work together. These programs have a common look and feel, and sharing data among these applications is usually quite easy.

Excel can import and export a variety of different file types. Besides sharing data using files, you can also transfer data to and from other open Windows applications in several other ways:

  • Copy and paste, using either the Windows Clipboard or the Office Clipboard. Copying and pasting information creates a static copy of the data.

  • Create a link so that subsequent changes in the source data will be reflected in the destination document.

  • Embed an entire object from one application into another application's document.

This chapter explores some ways in which you can make use of other applications while working with Excel, as well as some ways in which you can use Excel while working with other applications.

29.1. Copying and Pasting

Copying information from one Windows application to another is quite easy. The application that contains the information that you're copying is the source application, and the application to which you're copying the information is the destination application.

Here are the general steps that are required to copy from one application to another:

  1. Activate the source document window that contains ...

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