[ubuntu-za] [Fwd: OLE object in OOO Spreadsheet]

frans dormakorp at vodamail.co.za
Fri Mar 12 10:34:21 GMT 2010

On 10/03/12 11:59, Robin Bownes 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
> PS. A little more info that I've just discovered.
> OpenOffice Spreadsheet only sees a "drawing object" where originally 
> an OLE Object was embedded. 
If you do not solve the problem with Open office, install Exel via wine 
on Ubuntu it's at least usable.

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