How to Insert a PDF into a Word Document in 2 Ways

  • You can insert a PDF in Word via the File menu, Open, which transforms the PDF into an editable Word document.
  • You can also insert a PDF as a non-editable image in a Word file using the Object command on the Insert ribbon.
  • You can link the Word document to the original PDF so that changes made to the PDF are reflected in Word.

One of the reasons why Microsoft Word remains a popular productivity tool despite alternatives like Google Docs, that’s because it’s compatible with so many file formats – you can insert images, spreadsheets, clip art and PDFs into your documents .

Depending on your needs, there are two ways to include a PDF in a Word document: you can insert it as an object, such as an image, or you can open the PDF in the document, so that Word imports it by as editable text.

How to insert an editable PDF into a Word document

The easiest way to embed a PDF into your Word document is to open it using the File menu. Word will convert the PDF to Word format, so the PDF can be edited with any other text or image in the document.

To do this, start Word and choose Filethen Open. Locate the PDF and select it. Word will automatically import it into the document and it will now be fully editable like the rest of the document.

How to insert a PDF into a Word document as on object

If you prefer the PDF not to be editable, you can insert it as an object.

1. Start Word, then click Insert in the menu bar.

2. In the Text section, click Object.

3. In the Object dialog box, click Create from file.

4. Click on Browse… then click Okay.

Use the Insert Object command on the Insert ribbon to add a PDF to your document.david johnson

This will insert the current version of the PDF into the document. If the content of the PDF changes and you want the latest version of the file to appear in Word, make sure that Link to file is checked before you click Okay.

Quick advice: You have to make sure Adobe Reader is installed on your computer so that a complete and readable version of the PDF appears in the document. Without Reader, only an icon will appear and you will have to double-click the icon to view the PDF document.


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