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What is the difference between pasting from another application and inserting an object?

Last Published: February 13, 2024


This article applies to retired ArcMap versions. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

Documents inserted into ArcMap map documents from other applications via Insert > Object are linked objects. Any updates to the original document automatically update in the map document.

When a document is copied and pasted from another application into a map document, ArcMap pastes a static copy of that picture or text. Any subsequent changes to the original do not update to the copy in the map document.

Insert the document as an object when updates are needed to be made.

Paste the document when the ArcMap document needs to be distributed to others or if updates are not needed.

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  • ArcMap 8 x
  • ArcMap 9 x

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