Embedded Office files in earlier versions of Office

Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 files that are embedded in a document by using the Object command on the Insert menu cannot be edited in Office 2004 for Mac or earlier.

If you want to retain the ability to edit an embedded file in Office 2004 for Mac or earlier, embed a file that was saved in an Office 97-2004 file format. If you want to embed an Office for Mac 2011 or Office 2008 file, save the file as an Office 2004 file, and then embed it into a document.

See also

Pictures in earlier versions of Office

SmartArt graphics in earlier versions of Office

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