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How to recreate OLEobject (linked word doc) after link is broken (invalid link has been set)

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Hi,

I have created an Excel dashboard that displays the content of an appropriate linked word document in the form of an OLEobject. The links (path & filename) are stored in a list and when an icon (representing a piece of equipment) is clicked, my macro looks up the link and changes the SourceName property  of the OLEobject appropriately. This works fine until an invalid link is set (and this is a possibility as I will not be maintaining the list).

When this happens the OLEobject changes into a simple Shape i.e. it ceases to be an OLEobject.

If another icon is clicked which does have a valid path, I would like to programmatically "reset" the shape back to being an OLEobject but can't find a way to do this. I can test to see if the link has been broken by cycling through the OLEobjects collection but that is all.

My OLE object has been named "LinkedWordDoc1". The path & file name of the word document are contained in the string sWordDoc.

Here is the relevant bit of my code:

 
   'test for valid OLEobject - linked word doc
    bFound = False
    For Each oOLEobj In ActiveSheet.OLEObjects
        If oOLEobj.Name = "LinkedWordDoc1" Then
            bFound = True
            Exit For
        End If
    Next
    
    'display associated word doc
    If bFound Then
        ActiveSheet.OLEObjects("LinkedWordDoc1").SourceName = "Word.Document.12|" & sWordDoc & "!'"
    Else
    'recreate OLE object
        With ActiveSheet.Shapes.Range(Array("LinkedWordDoc1"))
        
              'THIS IS WHERE THE PROBLEM IS!!!!!!!

        End With
           
    End If

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Thanks,

Neil
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Question by:younglight
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Once the link is broken the OLEobject ceases to exist. You need to recreate it from scratch. This code will do the job.
    Else
    'recreate OLE object
        Set oOLEobj = ActiveSheet.OLEObjects.Add(Filename:=sWordDoc, _
                      Link:=True, DisplayAsIcon:=False)
        With oOLEobj
            .Name = "LinkedWordDoc1"
            .Top = 100
            .Left = 50
        End With
    End If

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The values of Top and Left define the upper left corner of the object in points. You may have to experiment a little or read the values from an object that already exists.
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by:younglight
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Ok thanks. I'll just need to delete the "shape" left when the link was broken.
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