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Microsoft KB Archive/103391

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Excel: Embedded Paintbrush Object Not Automatically Updated

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
Article ID: Q103391

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 4.0, 4.0a


In Microsoft Excel, double-clicking a linked Paintbrush image will start Paintbrush but will not automatically re-establish the link between the two programs.


When you copy an image from Paintbrush and paste it into Microsoft Excel, an automatic link (a link that will be instantly updated) is created between Paintbrush and Microsoft Excel. Any changes you make in Paintbrush will automatically appear in Microsoft Excel.

If you close and then re-open Paintbrush, either by running Paintbrush from Program Manager or File Manager or by double-clicking the embedded object in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel does not automatically re-establish the link.

To re-establish the link, use the following workaround.


To re-establish the link between Paintbrush and Microsoft Excel:

  1. In Microsoft Excel, choose Links from the File menu.
  2. In the Links box, select the name of the link. The name should resemble the following:

  3. Choose the Update button to re-establish the link.
  4. Choose Close to close the Links dialog box.

When you edit the image in Paintbrush, the changes should appear in Microsoft Excel.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the versions of Microsoft Excel listed above. This problem does not occur in later versions.

KBCategory: kbprb


Additional reference words: 4.00 4.00a ole object linking embedding
picture bitmap hotlink hot

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
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