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'Reverse-engineer' embedded linked objects

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Hi All,

I've bumped into an interesting situation - I need to translate text in

embedded linked worksheet/charg object, but I do not have the source files.

Has anybode heard of any way of 'reverse-engineer' an embedded linked

object, i.e., create an excel/word/chart/etc file with the data in these

objects?

I would think this is possible since if one ungroups these objects, they are

broken up into umpteen shapes, where some have the objects data (text,

numbers, etc).

Is putting new textboxes over the old text the only [inelegant] way? Food

for thought...

Regards, JS

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    • > I've bumped into an interesting situation - I need to translate text in

      > embedded linked worksheet/charg object, but I do not have the source files.

      You can have embedded OR linked but not both.

      If the worksheet is embedded, then this should work:

      Extracting Excel content from PowerPoint

      http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00670.htm

      If it's linked and the linked files aren't available, then all you have is a

      Windows Metafile *picture* of the data. As you've noticed, you can ungroup

      that and edit the bits, but that's about as satisfying as kissing a *picture*

      of your main squeeze.

      Alas, that's all you can do.

      > Has anybode heard of any way of 'reverse-engineer' an embedded linked

      > object, i.e., create an excel/word/chart/etc file with the data in these

      > objects?

      > I would think this is possible since if one ungroups these objects, they are

      > broken up into umpteen shapes, where some have the objects data (text,

      > numbers, etc).

      > Is putting new textboxes over the old text the only [inelegant] way? Food

      > for thought...

      > Regards, JS

      >

      Steve Rindsberg, PPT MVP

      PPT FAQ: www.pptfaq.com

      PPTools: www.pptools.com

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