Link OLE Objects in Drawings

When you link information from another document in a drawing, the information can be updated when it changes in the source document.

You can link information from a document created by another application to a drawing. For example, you might want to insert a schedule that will be automatically updated. You can also install multimedia icons that are activated when double-clicked.

Update Links

Links can be set to be updated either automatically or manually when information in the linked document changes. By default, links are updated automatically. Use OLELINKS to specify automatic or manual updating.

Reconnect Links

Because a link references the location of the linked document, you need to reconnect the link if the document changes location or is renamed.

Break Links

Breaking a link does not remove the inserted information from the drawing. Instead, it removes the connection to the linked document. You can break a link when you no longer need to update the information.

Procedures
To link objects in a drawing
  1. Start the source application and open a document.
  2. Select the information you want to link and copy it to the Clipboard.
  3. Open the drawing.
  4. Click Home tab Clipboard panel Paste drop-down Paste Special.At the Command prompt, enter pastespec
  5. In the Paste Special dialog box, click Paste Link.

    Paste Link pastes the contents of the Clipboard into the current drawing and creates a link to the file in the source application. If you click Paste, the Clipboard contents are embedded instead of linked.

  6. In the As box, select the data format you want to use.
  7. Click OK.
To link an entire file as an OLE object in a drawing
  1. Open the drawing.
  2. Click Insert tabData panelOLE Object. At the Command prompt, enter insertobj.
  3. In the Insert Object dialog box, select Create from File.
  4. Select Link. Click Browse.
  5. In the Browse dialog box, select the file you want to link. Click Open.
  6. In the Insert Object dialog box, click OK.

    The entire file is linked to the drawing.

To update links manually
  1. Click Edit menu  OLE Links.At the Command prompt, enter olelinks.
  2. In the Links dialog box, select the links you want to update.
  3. Click Update Now.
  4. Click Close.
NoteIf you want to select the links from the drawing area rather than from a list in the Links dialog box, select the OLE objects before step 1.
To reconnect a link to an OLE object
  1. In the drawing, select the OLE object whose link you want to change.
  2. Click Edit menu  OLE Links.At the Command prompt, enter olelinks.
  3. In the Links dialog box, click Change Source.
  4. In the Change Source dialog box, search for the source file.
  5. Select the source file. Click Open.
  6. Click OK.
To break a link to an OLE object
  1. Select the linked object whose link you want to break.
  2. Click Edit menu  OLE Links.At the Command prompt, enter olelinks.
  3. In the OLE Links dialog box, click Break Link.
  4. Click Yes.
  5. Click Close.
Commands
INSERTOBJ

Inserts a linked or embedded object.

OLELINKS

Updates, changes, and cancels existing OLE links.

OLESCALE

Controls the size, scale, and other properties of a selected OLE object.

OPTIONS

Customizes the program settings.

OPTIONS

Customizes the program settings.

PASTESPEC

Pastes objects from the Clipboard into the current drawing and controls the format of the data.

System Variables
OLEHIDE

Controls the display and plotting of OLE objects.