How Do You Edit an OLE Object in AutoCAD?

Editing an OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object in AutoCAD allows you to make changes to the embedded data within your drawing. Whether it’s a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, a Word document, or any other supported OLE object, AutoCAD provides a straightforward process to edit and update these objects within your drawings.

Step 1: Select the OLE Object

To begin editing an OLE object in AutoCAD, you first need to select the object you want to modify. This can be done by clicking on the OLE object within your drawing.

Step 2: Activate the Contextual Ribbon Tab

After selecting the OLE object, AutoCAD will activate the contextual ribbon tab specific to that object. The name of this tab may vary depending on the type of OLE object you are working with.


If you don’t see the contextual ribbon tab after selecting the OLE object, make sure that your AutoCAD version supports OLE editing and that the correct application associated with that OLE type is installed on your computer.

Step 3: Click “Open” or “Edit”

Within the contextual ribbon tab, locate and click on either the “Open” or “Edit” button. The labeling may differ based on your AutoCAD version and the specific program associated with the selected OLE object.

  • If you click “Open,” AutoCAD will launch the associated program outside of its interface, allowing you to edit the embedded data in its original application.
  • If you click “Edit,” AutoCAD will attempt to open a separate editing window within its interface for direct modification of the embedded data.


Depending on the OLE object and its associated program, the editing capabilities within AutoCAD may be limited. In such cases, it is advisable to use the “Open” option to access the complete functionality of the original application.

Step 4: Make Changes to the OLE Object

Once you have opened the OLE object for editing, you can make any necessary changes to the embedded data. This could involve modifying spreadsheet data, updating text content, or any other applicable modifications specific to the selected OLE object type.

Step 5: Save and Exit

After making your desired changes, ensure that you save your modifications within the associated application. Once saved, exit out of that application to return to AutoCAD.


  • If you made changes using the “Open” option, AutoCAD may prompt you to update or reload the modified OLE object within your drawing. Follow the prompts accordingly to ensure that your changes are reflected correctly.
  • If you made changes using the “Edit” option within AutoCAD’s interface, you can simply close the editing window to return to your drawing with updated OLE data.

By following these steps, you can easily edit an OLE object in AutoCAD without losing any embedded data or disrupting your drawing’s overall integrity. Remember that proper selection and activation of contextual ribbon tabs are essential for accessing and modifying OLE objects efficiently.