Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 13: Incorporating Content from Other Programs
Incorporating Content from
Other Programs
Working with external content: An overview
Copying content from other programs
Introducing OLE
Working with linked and embedded objects
Exporting PowerPoint objects to other programs
As you have already seen, PowerPoint contains an assortment of tools for creating various
types of objects: charts, WordArt, SmartArt diagrams, clip art, and so on. You have also
learned how to place graphics into PowerPoint from a saved fi le, how to embed Excel charts
on slides, and how to borrow slides from other PowerPoint presentations and outlines from Word or
other text editors.
However, PowerPoint doesn’t have a special command for bringing in a lot of other objects that
don’t fall exactly into any of these categories. Examples include a fl ow chart from a program like
Microsoft Visio, a slide from a different presentation application, some records from a database, and
a map from a mapping program.
This chapter looks at the various ways to import and create content from other applications in
PowerPoint as well as how to export PowerPoint objects for use in other programs.
Working with External Content: An Overview
There are several ways to bring content from other programs into your presentation. The method
you choose depends on how you want the content to behave once it arrives. You can make the
inserted content a full citizen of the presentation — that is, with no ties to its native application
or data fi le — or you can help it retain a connection to its original application (called embedding ) or
to its original data fi le (called linking ).
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