HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE OPTIONS OF EMBEDDING OR LINKING A CHART - Microsoft Office 2016: The Complete Guide (2015) 

Microsoft Office 2016: The Complete Guide (2015)

HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE OPTIONS OF EMBEDDING OR LINKING A CHART

Linked charts and embedded charts differ in the place where the data is kept and how it is updated. If you have data in a word document and the same data is also maintained in Excel and you link both files, the word document can be updated once the worksheet is. Embedding the data only keeps a fixed copy.