Integrating with Other Applications

ALTHOUGH Excel is A versatile application, try as some people might, they can't make it do everything. Thankfully, it's possible to embed or link documents created using other applications into an Excel document. Documents created using multiple applications are referred to as compound documents.

It's also possible to control other applications programmatically. This is helpful when you need to automate a process that involves multiple applications. The act of programmatically controlling one application from within a different application is referred to as automation.

This chapter provides an overview of the technologies associated with creating compound documents and automation as well as examples of each technique.

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