You can insert an Excel table, Word document or other OLE object (e.g. from MS Office) into your DWG drawings. Such object will keep the link to the original file and when the original is updated, it updates also the AutoCAD contents.
This function is available in all Windowes versions of AutoCAD. In higher AutoCAD versions, you can also use more advanced functions which link XLS tables directly to native AutoCAD entities.
Insert the OLE object using the INSERTOBJ command (Insert > OLE Object...). In the "Insert object" dialog, choose "From file" and pick your .XLS (.DOC, etc.) file. It is important to check the "Link" option and uncheck the "Display as icon" option. End the dialog by OK. Right-click on the inserted OLE object to move it, scale it and set its properties (scale, display quality, etc.).
Any subsequent changes in the .XLS file will immediately (after save) display also in AutoCAD.
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