Object linking and embedding is the process of exchanging information between applications. Using object linking embedding you can take selected objects or files from one application called source application and place them in another application called destination application.

You can freely move objects and files between applications as long as all the included applications support OLE. Word pad, Corel Draw, etc. allow you to create and edit OLE objects as well as support other objects and files generated in other applications.

Linking the results to a large size file is useful as long as you want to use the object or file in multiple files. To change each instance of an object or file, you only need to change the object in the source application. Linking is useful as long as the destination application does not support files created in the source application, embedding proves useful when you want to include all the objects in a single file.

Inserting Linked or Embedded Objects

Corel Draw allows you to insert Corel draw files as linked or embedded objects in other applications. You can also insert linked or embedded objects in Corel Draw. A linked object remains attached to its source file while embedded The object does not remain attached to its source file but is integrated into the active document

Follow these steps to insert a link object

  • Select an object in Corel draw to ensure that the file is saved first.
  • After this, click on the Copy option from the Edit menu.
  • After this, click on Paste Special located in the Edit menu in the destination application.
  • Now activate the Paste link option
  • To insert a linked object from another application into an active drawing, click on the Insert New object in the Edit menu, click on the Create from file option in the Insert New object dialog box, browse to the file you want to insert and click on the link check box.

To insert an embedded object, follow these steps.

  • In the destination application, click on the Insert New object located in the Edit menu.
  • Click on Create new file option
  • Then click on the Browse option
  • You can create an embedded object by clicking on the Create new option and choosing the application in which you want to create an object from the object type list box.
  • You can insert an embedded object by selecting an object in the source application and dragging it into the window of the source application.

Editing Linked and Embedded Objects

You can edit a linked or embedded object. A linked object is edited by editing its source file. Any changes made to the source file are automatically executed on the linked object. You can also change a linked object e.g. you can update a linked object. You can change the source file of a linked object by another file or you can also remove the link between a source file and its source file.

To edit a linked or embedded object, follow these steps.

  • Double click on the linked or embedded object to start the source application
  • Edit object in the source application
  • Save changes to the source application
  • Close source application
  • Return to the reactivated application window to review these changes
  • To make changes to a linked object, follow these steps
  • Select the linked object using the pick tool
  • After this click on the links located in the edit menu.
  • Select one of the following buttons

Update now

updates the linked object to reflect changes made to the source file

Opens an object in an open-source

source application

Change source

sends the link to another file

Break link

disconnects the link so that the object is embedded in the file. 


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