Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Opening and Converting Embedded Objects
Opening and Converting Embedded Objects
When you select an embedded object in PowerPoint and then right-click the object, you
can choose Data Type Object, where Data Type is the object type. (Its exact name depends
on the object type, for example, Worksheet Object.) From the submenu you can choose the
Edit. Opens the object for editing within PowerPoint (if possible). Some applica-
tions can work from within PowerPoint, such as the Excel example in Figure 13.7. If
the object is related to an application that can’t do this, the object opens for edit-
ing in a separate window for that application.
Open. Opens the object for editing in a separate window for the application with
which it is associated.
Convert. Opens a dialog box that enables you to convert the object to some other
type (if possible). This sounds great in theory, but in practice there are usually
very few alternatives to choose from.
Although Convert options also appear for linked objects, you cannot convert them; you must break the link i rst.
That’s because a linked object must have a certain object type to maintain its link. Even after breaking a link, there
might not be any viable choices for converting it to other formats.
Editing a Linked or Embedded Object
To edit a linked or embedded object, follow these steps:
1. Display the slide containing the linked or embedded object.
2. Double-click the object. The object’s program controls appear. They might be
integrated into the PowerPoint window, such as the ones for Excel that you saw in
Figure 13.7, or they might appear in a separate window.
3. Edit the object as needed.
4. Return to PowerPoint by doing one of the following:
If the object is embedded (not linked), click the slide behind the object to
return to PowerPoint.
If the object is linked, close the application window in which the object appears.
When you are asked to save your changes, click Yes.
You can also edit a linked object directly in its original application, independently from
PowerPoint. Close your PowerPoint presentation and open the original application. Do your
editing, and save your work. Then, reopen your PowerPoint presentation and the object will
refl ect the changes to the linked objects.
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