When you have 2 Excel spreadsheets embedded in a Word document, is it possible to one reference a cell value of the other one?

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    As far as I know, no. They are separate OLE objects and don't know about each other, or in fact that they're even embedded in a Word document in the first place. – user3463 Nov 21 '10 at 20:16
  • @Randolph but is there any alternative? can I use a single spreadsheet and show parts/views of it in diferent sections of my word document? – Jader Dias Nov 21 '10 at 20:23
  • I don't know. I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve, so perhaps your approach needs a review? – user3463 Nov 21 '10 at 20:26
  • @Randolph I have multiple tables in my document. But when I change a value in the first one, this change should propagate through all tables that reference that value – Jader Dias Nov 21 '10 at 20:53

I was able to do this today in XL 2010 and I'm sure it's similar in earlier versions. Create two worksheet objects in Word. Then right-click on each of them and choose Spreadsheet Object>Open. With both open, link from one to the other, save them and close each. The links then update within Word.

  • I've tried this, and while it appears to work, quite often the references are replaced with a "REF#" error. Is there some trick to this like naming the embeddings or something? – Fowl Jan 19 '12 at 0:48
  • Unfortunately you can only open one Excel object at a time in Word 2013. – Roald Apr 10 at 9:56

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