[ubuntu-za] OLE object in OOO Spreadsheet

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 09:56:06 GMT 2010

Hi Robin

Try some of the links on this page first.

Hope they help and tell us how you solved your problem if you do.



On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM, Robin Bownes <robin at ncedatrust.org.za> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I hope that you can help. My sister-in-law, whom I recently migrated to
> Ubuntu and OpenOffice is experiencing the following problem.
> She is an accountant who receives spreadsheets from various companies. One
> company embeds a scan of an actual statement into a cell of the spreadsheet
> (.tif file) as an OLE object. The spreadsheet in question was set up, by the
> company, in Excel, and is sent to her in that format. In Excel, one just
> double clicks on the OLE object to open it in the default graphics viewer.
> However, in OpenOffice Spreadsheet, there is no "link" to the OLE object.
> Double clicking on the place-holder (a rectangle) for the OLE object does
> nothing. It would seem that the embedding process is semi-automated within
> Excel by use of the =embed() function (gather this by looking at file in
> Excel on a Windows machine). My current guess is that OpenOffice does not
> have (cannot find it), and is unable to use this function.
> If I cannot find a solution to this problem, my sister-in-law will have to
> revert to a Microsoft system, as this forms an important aspect of the work
> she does for this company. Is there an add-in, setting, etc. that we can
> use?
> Please help. Thanks.
> Robin
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