Subject: Linking drawings

When you link an CADdirect drawing to another document, the other document con­tains only a reference to the CADdirect drawing file, rather than the actual drawing. You link data in a saved CADdirect file so that the other program can find the data and display it.    

Linking works well when you want to include the same CADdirect data in more than one document. When you update the data, you need update it in only one location. The versions that are linked to other documents reflect the changes automatically.

Linking an CADdirect file to another document does not increase the file size the way embedding an CADdirect object does. However, links require more maintenance. To transport the data, you must make sure to transfer all linked files to the other computer.

To link an CADdirect file to another document

   1   Open the drawing you want to link.

Because a link is a reference to a file, the referenced file must be saved on a local or remote disk.
If you haven’t saved the drawing you want to link, choose File > Save.

   2   In the other program, open the document in which you want to include the CADdirect drawing.

   3   Choose that program’s command for inserting objects.

In Microsoft® Office programs, choose Insert > Object. In the Object dialog box, click the Create From File tab. Specify the name of the drawing file you want to link. Select the Link To File check box, and then click OK.

The drawing appears in the document, with a link to the original CADdirect file.

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