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How to insert a live-updated XLS table in an AutoCAD drawing?

A - answer 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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See also:
Tip 11729:Select objects by annotation scale.
Tip 11289:Adding, multiplying and rounding numbers inside DWG drawing texts - NumInText.
Tip 11211:Mass change of units in the whole Inventor assembly.
Tip 11188:How to reassociate all dimensions in a DWG?
Tip 11179:Select objects in negative elevation or in a given 3D octant.

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