Modifying embedded objects - 30 Oct 2007

Some embedded objects can be edited by their associated application simply by selecting the object. In these situations:

  • Select the object and the toolbar(s) of the object's associated application will be available.
  • Like all toolbars, the toolbars of an embedded object's application can be turned on or off. So if you don't see the toolbars of the application, choose View → Toolbars and select the appropriate toolbar. Alternatively, right-click any toolbar and you can turn other toolbars on or off.

WordArt is an example. When you select an embedded WordArt object, the WordArt toolbar becomes available, allowing you to modify the formatting and content of the WordArt object. If the WordArt toolbar does not appear automatically, you can enable it from the View menu.

Other types of embedded objects require you to activate the object to make changes to its content or formatting.

  • Activate an embedded object by double-clicking the object.

When you activate (double-click) an embedded object, the object's associated application opens, so you will see menus and toolbars change to those of the object's application. The object opens in a placeholder inside the "parent" or "host" document.

To make the content area larger, double-click then expand the embedded object.
  • When you are finished making changes, click anywhere outside the object placeholder, in the parent or host document.

The object's application closes. Menus and toolbars return to those of the parent document. The object is saved inside (literally) the parent document. It is like a "file within a file."

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