Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) now supports embedding Office files in other documents



When you embed Excel files, information in the Word file doesn't change if you modify the source Excel file. Embedded objects become part of the Word file and, after they are inserted, they are no longer part of the source file.


Because the information is totally contained in one Word document, embedding is useful when you don't want the information to reflect changes in the source file, or when you don't want the document recipients to be concerned with updating the linked information.


You can add objects such as a file, an image, or an audio file to a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet, an HTML document by linking or embedding.


The main difference between linking and embedding is where the data are stored and how they are updated after they were linked or embedded.


  • Your file links to a source file: the data are stored in the source file and updated there, showing the updates in your source file.

  • Your file embeds a source file: the data are now stored in your file without a connection to the original source file.

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