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Is it possible to embed an Excel spreadsheet in a PDF file that updates automatically whenever you open the PDF (like Word does)? I want to show the spreadsheet contents (with updates) in the PDF. I want new updates to show in the PDF without having to open the Excel spreadsheet itself.

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Very good question. As pdf's are normally only used to hold static information (information that does not change) I would guess the answer is no, you would need to re-create the pdf each time you change the excel data. – Kevin Anthony Oppegaard Rose Jan 31 '13 at 13:54
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Thanks Kevin. I figured this was the case, but it never hurts to probe. – Linda Feb 1 '13 at 18:50

As Kevin suggests, PDF is for retaining the formatting that you started with. If you don't want it to be stable pick a different delivery tool.

Reference http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/save-as-pdf-HA010064992.aspx

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