The IOleLink interface is the means by which a linked object provides its container with functions pertaining to linking. The most important of these functions is binding to the link source, that is, activating the connection to the document that stores the linked object's native data. IOleLink also defines functions for managing information about the linked object, such as the location of the link source and the cached presentation data for the linked object.

A container application can distinguish between embedded objects and linked objects by querying for IOleLink; only linked objects implement IOleLink.

When to Implement

You do not have to implement this interface yourself; the system supplies an implementation of IOleLink that is suitable for all situations. This implementation is used automatically whenever you create or load a linked object.

When to Use

You must use IOleLink if you are writing a container application that allows its documents to contain linked objects. You primarily call IOleLink methods in order to implement the Links dialog box. If you use the OleUIEditLinks API function to display the Links dialog box, your calls to IOleLink methods take place in your implementation of the IOleUILinkContainer interface.

Some IOleLink methods don't have to be called directly. Instead, you call methods of IOleObject; the default linked object provides an implementation of IOleObject that often calls methods of IOleLink. For example, a container application typically activates a linked object by calling IOleObject::DoVerb, which in turn calls IOleLink::BindToSource.

Methods in VTable Order

IUnknown Methods
Returns pointers to supported interfaces.
Increments the reference count.
Decrements the reference count.

IOleLink Methods
Sets the update options.
Returns the update options.
Sets the moniker for the link source.
Returns the moniker for the link source.
Sets the display name for the link source.
Returns the display name for the link source.
Binds the moniker to the link source.
Binds the moniker if the source is running.
Returns a pointer to the link source if it's running.
Break connection to the link source.
Update the cached views of the link source.

See Also

IOleObject, IOleUILinkContainer, OleUIEditLinks

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