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What does "Insert and Link" do?

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In Word 2000 > Insert > Picture > From File: Insert button drop down (Insert and Link)

I know what link does, i know what insert does. But i dont know what Insert and Link does. Any one care to enlighten me?

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Jason
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Jaysor

In Object Linking and Embedding terminology, linking implies a two way relationship between the object(source; the original picuture) and its related file(destination; in this case your Word doc).  A straight Insert will simply pick up and copy of the source object, and paste that copy into your document.  Once the picture has been inserted, it is no longer related in any way to the source.

An Insert with Link will do both simultaneiously.  It will cause the relationship to be maintained.  Therefore, after an Insert/Link, if you go change the source, then those changes will be reflected in the destination picture as well.

Hope that helps somewhat.

Dave
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by:bruintje
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Hi Jaysor,

In addition ::

when you linked in objects into a Document you got to realize that the sourcefile has to be there always if you want to use the destination file.

if you delete the sourcefile without delinking in the destinationfile you can get all kind of errors, so beware...

on the other hand, it could be a nice way of building a report in Word and linking in tables or charts from Excel or another source.....

:O)Bruintje
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by:rshyx
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Insert and Link is a combination of 2 seperate commands, the insert command and the link command, it provides a way to do both commands at one time.  Insert places the object into the new file, a copy of the original object.  Link connects the copied object to the original, any change to the original will also effect the copy.
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by:bruintje
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rshyx thats +exactly+ what Tigerman already posted.....
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by:Jaysor
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umm because Tigerman answered it first.

-Jaysor
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That is what i though happend but it did not seem to work that way for me, ill try that again, anyway thanks for the answer.

-Jaysor
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