WD: Cannot Convert Microsoft Excel Worksheet Object to Chart

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In Word for Windows, when you try to convert an embedded Microsoft Excel worksheet object to a Microsoft Excel chart, the worksheet is not actually converted.


"Microsoft Excel Chart," which appears as an option in the Convert dialog box, is not a valid choice. [To locate this conversion option, select the Microsoft Excel worksheet object, click Worksheet Object (Spreadsheet Object in Word 6.0) on the Edit menu, and then click Convert.]

Choosing to convert the Microsoft Excel worksheet object results in an incorrect representation of your worksheet and causes the EMBED field code to be modified, as shown in the following examples:
   Original field code:           {EMBED Excel.Sheet.5}

   After converting to Chart:     {EMBED Excel.Chart.5 \s}
The "Microsoft Excel Chart" option appears when the object has been embedded, not linked.

In Word 97, you cannot view the field codes of an object that has the Float Over Text property turned on. (To remove the Float Over Text property, right-click the object, select Format Object, select the Position tab, clear the Float Over Text check box, and click OK.)


Method 1: On the Insert menu, click Object and create a new Microsoft Excel chart object.

Method 2: Instead of choosing Paste to insert the object, choose Paste Special and then click Paste Link.


We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Article ID: 120773 - Last Review: September 13, 2013 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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