adding a component from one file into main work

I have some work in file#1 and a component in file#2

If I have file#1 open how do I ‘import’ my component from file#2 into my work in progress

I have done a quick search but didn’t see an obvious answer

Sorry about the ‘noob’ question

Many thanks

Append the object with Shift+F1 http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual/Data_System/Linked_Libraries

Many thanks