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With LaTeX, you can use the \include command to include files in the document so that they are directly linked; and the main document, when compiled, will always use the updated version of those documents.

Now I know that obviously Microsoft Word documents are not compiled, but is there a similar functionality that allows you to have included files in your main document that is auto-updated (ie whenever the file is read) whenever the included file changes?

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You can use the {INCLUDETEXT} field function. The manual process is described here for example.

Remember to update your fields before printing or exporting (there's an option for that).

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+1 Yes, that's what I was looking. – Andreas Grech Oct 29 '10 at 12:28

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