Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) cells are now visually denoted

Version: 2024b

Type: Features

Category: Data Handling

Subcategory: Worksheet

Jira: ORG-25539

When users copy data from an Excel file and paste it as a link into Origin worksheet cells, it is a Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) link.

In previous versions, if a user comes back to the workbook later on, it was difficult to tell which cells are DDE links to an Excel file.

In Origin 2024b, it is easier. With a workbook active:

  • Select menu Edit > Edit Mode (Ctrl+Alt+B)


    DDE links now display with a grey background.

  • In the past, DDE Link only shows on Status bar when upper left cell of the copied range is clicked in Origin. In Origin 2024b, the DDE link shows no matter which cell is clicked in the range.