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Linking drawings

May 20, 2011

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

     Linking works well when you want to include the same ZWCAD 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 ZWCAD file to another document does not increase the file size the way embedding an ZWCAD 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 ZWCAD file to another document

  1.   Open the drawing you want to link.

NOTE Because a link is a reference to a file, you can link only files that are saved to a location on a disk.

  1.   In the other program, open the document in which you want to include the ZWCAD drawing.

  2.   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 ZWCAD file.

Command Reference

COPYCLIP: Copies objects to the Clipboard without removing the source objects from the drawing

CUTCLIP: Copies objects to the Clipboard and removes the objects from the drawing

ERASE: Removes objects from a drawing

PASTECLIP: Inserts data from the Clipboard

U: Reverses the most recent operation

System Variables Reference

OLEHIDE: Controls the display of OLE objects


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