Enable changing source files of linked Excel charts from Powerpoint
When an excel chart is inserted in powerpoint the data och the chart is linked to an excel spreadsheet.
In the windows version it is possible to change the source file of the linked data. It is not possible to do this in powerpoint 2016 for Mac.
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I spent hours figuring this out!!! only to find out that there is not such function on mac.... i'm gonna cry now.
Kristine B commented
Please please please re-consider implementing this feature in powerpoint for Mac!!!
This really needs to be fixed. It makes no sense that PPT for Mac does not have this option. In all honesty, it's really NEGLIGENT, and as one can see from the comments, customers are perceiving it this way.
Please do change it a soon as possible. We need it. I need it.
(And please change in the Windows version to be able to enlarge the Window where the linked documents are listed. I only see part of the folder path, but not the Excel-file name …)
Please do solve this, i'ts been 2.5 years!
Sarah Crown commented
The inability to change linked source files on mac has literally wasted about 16 hours of my time as I now have close to 400 charts in 13 power point presentations that I have to recreate.
I need this yesterday. I had this ability on a PC 10+ years ago. Are MAC customers of Microsoft really this unimportant to Microsoft?
I've spent hours trying to figure out how to do this because I didn't believe it wasn't actually possible. So annoying. Please fix this so I don't have to move all my data to google docs to be able to link my data.
Imran Khan commented
This is sheer stupidity. Such a basic feature and the still broken for years!!!
Is there any rational why the basic link editing function is not implemented in the Office for MAC version? MAC users are paying the same fees for the MS Office like the Windows users but they receive less functionality. This remains unacceptable.
Please implement such basic functions a.s.a.p. if not to complete equivalence with the Windows version. Thanks in advance.
Cinzia Palumbo commented
Folks, this is not acceptable - editing links is such a basic and essential function...
I too need this function, amongst others.
Please catch up the MAC version to functional equivalence to the WINDOWS version.
The mac version feels a decade and a half behind. The difference in functional fidelity between MAC and WINDOWS versions is highly counterproductive. Is this a strategy thing? If so: No, it does not make me want to abandon using a Mac. It makes me want to move away from Microsoft products altogether.
how is this not enabled already, it takes ages to move all my data and formats from one computer to another, you guys dont need that much of programing, is not a big deal to let know power point that you moved your excel file to another location.
We have a huge problem with this in our team because we have both PC and Mac users. When presentations with linked charts created on a Mac are edited on a PC, not only do errors show on the Macs (one per chart every time the file is opened!!!), the linked charts can no longer be updated.
In order to work around this, I have to decompress the PPTX container, find/replace the mangled link path in the XML .rels, and then re-save/re-compress the file for my coworkers to be able to work with it.
(So there's a second feature request here—the PC version shouldn't flip the direction of the slashes in the Mac links!!!)
This is really frustrated and as I can see this has been reported long time ago and still no ACTION.
John Korchok commented
93 votes and still no action! Time to get your butts in gear!
Could you please add this feature - updating the link in X sheet
James Von Seggern commented
Very annoying to have to embed charts all over again versus just updating the Excel file. Please fix!
Even better, embed the excel file into the xml structure the same way media files are handled.
How about allow the excel file to be saved within the powerpoint file so you don't even need to edit links.