What is Linking?
Linking keeps data consistent across all documents. This means that no matter which document you are working in, your final numbers are the same. It's intuitive and simple to do, yet it's the driving force behind some powerful things.
In basic terms, it's the relationship between values that ensures a data point like net income is consistent, no matter where it's displayed. As you create and update links, the history of each link is captured which allows you to see:
- Who made the change
- What changed
- When the change occurred
How Linking Works
Linking connects data from the source and syncs the data across all files, such as charts, tables, and presentations. If the data is updated on one document, that change can be published to all other documents where a link is present.
Types of Links
Source links are the primary location for a particular data point —the root from which all other instances of that data stem. These links are indicated with a blue triangle in the upper left corner of the cell or text selection.
Destination links are pieces of data that are sourced from another location. These links are indicated in green, either with a triangle in the upper left corner or an underline.
In some instances, you may may see an indicator that shows that source links that have not been published. Unpublished links that belong to you have an orange line next to the blue (source) or green (destination) link indicator. This means any updated link data isn't yet visible to others yet. Simply publish your link to make the updated data available.