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SourceItem Property

Applies to

BoundObjectFrame Object

ObjectFrame Object

You can use the SourceItem property to specify the data within a file to be linked when you create a linked OLE object. Read/write String.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


You can set the SourceItem property by specifying data in units recognized by the application supplying the object. For example, when you link to Microsoft Office Excel 2007, you specify the SourceItem property setting by using a cell or cell-range reference such as R1C1 or R3C4:R9C22 or a named range such as Revenues.

Note: To determine the syntax to describe a unit of data for a particular object, see the documentation for the application that was used to create the object.

You can set this property by using the control's property sheet, a macro, or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

In Visual Basic, you set this property by using a string expression.

The control's OLETypeAllowed property must be set to Linked or Either when you use this property. Use the control's SourceDoc property to specify the file to link.


The following example creates a linked OLE object using an unbound object frame named OLE1 and sizes the control to display the object's entire contents when the user clicks a command button.

Sub Command1_Click
OLE1.Class = "Excel.Sheet" ' Set class name.
' Specify type of object.
OLE1.OLETypeAllowed = acOLELinked
' Specify source file.
OLE1.SourceDoc = "C:\Excel\Oletext.xls"
' Specify data to create link to.
OLE1.SourceItem = "R1C1:R5C5"
' Create linked object.
OLE1.Action = acOLECreateLink
' Adjust control size.
OLE1.SizeMode = acOLESizeZoom
End Sub

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