How to Insert a PDF Into a Word Document

When you need to compile two different types of files

Microsoft Word supports the direct insertion of a PDF as a clickable object or as an embedded object. Alternatively, import text from a PDF file onto the pages of your Word document—although this method does have some drawbacks.

Depending on the contents of the PDF and the results you want, pasting from the PDF into Word or using an external application, such as Adobe Acrobat DC, might be the most effective approach, as well.

These instructions apply to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word for Office 365. Although you cannot insert PDF files into documents using Word Online, you can edit the file using the Microsoft Office Online version of Word.

Insert a PDF Into Word Document as an Embedded Object

After you embed a PDF file in Word, the first page of your PDF appears in the document.

Since an embedded object becomes part of the document after it is inserted, it's no longer connected to the source file. Any changes made to the original PDF in the future will not be reflected in the Word document.

  1. Place the cursor in the Word document where you want to insert the PDF as an object.

  2. Select the Insert tab.

    Screenshot of the insert option on the MS Word toolbar.
  3. Select Object in the Text group.

    A screenshot of the Object option on the MS Word Insert Ribbon.
  4. Select the Create from File tab in the dialog box that appears.

    The create from file option on the Object dialog box.
  5. Select Browse, then locate the PDF file.

    The Browser option in the Object dialog box on MS Word.
  6. Select OK to embed the file in the document. It will appear on the selected page of the Word document.

How to Insert a PDF Into Word as a Linked Object

Inserting a PDF file as a linked object means it appears as the first page of the PDF, but it's also linked to the original file. You can opt to display an icon instead of a preview. Either option will open the PDF file when selected.

Any changes to the PDF source file will be reflected in the Word document when using this method.

  1. Place the cursor in the Word document where you want to insert the PDF as a linked object.

  2. Select the Insert tab.

    Screenshot of the insert option on the MS Word toolbar.
  3. Select Object in the Text group.

    A screenshot of the Object option on the MS Word Insert Ribbon.
  4. Select the Create from File tab.

    The create from file option on the object tab in MS Word.
  5. Select Browse and locate the PDF file.

    The Browse option on the Object tab in MS Word.
  6. Select Link to File to insert the PDF as a shortcut to the source file.

    The Link to file option in the Object dialog box in MS Word.
  7. Select Display as Icon to insert an icon representing the file instead of a preview.

    The Display as icon option in the Object dialog box in MS Word.

    Select Change Icon if you want to display a different icon for the PDF file. Select Browse to locate the icon you would rather use, then select OK.

  8. Select OK to add the PDF to the Word document.

How to Insert Text From a PDF Into Word

This approach only inserts the text from a PDF directly into the Word document.

Word converts the PDF into an editable text document. The result might not look the same as the original PDF, especially if the file includes graphics or text formatting.

  1. Place the cursor in the Word document where you want to insert the text from a PDF file.

  2. Select the Insert tab.

    Screenshot of the insert option on the MS Word toolbar.
  3. Select the drop-down arrow next to Object in the Text group, then select Text from File.

    Screenshot of the Insert Text From File option in MS Word.
  4. Open the PDF file and select Insert.

  5. Select OK if a notice appears. After Word converts the PDF to text, it will appear in the document.

How to Copy a PDF Into Word

Copying the text from the PDF file and pasting it into a document is a straightforward way to insert a bit of text into Word.

These instructions explain how to copy text from a PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can use another PDF reader application, although the steps required might differ.

  1. Open the PDF file.

  2. Right-click the document in the primary window and choose Select Tool from the menu that appears.

    Select Tool in right-click menu
  3. Drag to select the text you want to copy.

  4. Right-click the selection, then select Copy.

    The Copy option in Adobe PDF.
  5. Open the Word document. Place the cursor in the Word document where you want to paste the text from the PDF file.

  6. Paste the copied text from the PDF file into the Word document.

Insert PDF Content as an Image in Word

Convert the PDF into a static image and insert it into a Word document.

The contents of the PDF will not be editable, nor will they change if the source file is updated using this method.

  1. Use a conversion tool to convert a PDF file to a JPG file. Alternatively, if the PDF is a single page, use the Windows Snipping Tool to capture the contents of the file and save it as a JPG.

    Save the JPG file in a location where you can easily find it to insert in your Word document, such as your desktop.

  2. Open the Word document and place the cursor in the document where you want to insert the image.

  3. Select the Insert tab.

    Screenshot of the insert option on the MS Word toolbar.
  4. Select Pictures.

    The pictures option of the Insert Ribbon on MS Word.
  5. Open the location where you saved the JPG version of your PDF file and choose Insert.

    The insert option on the Insert Pictures dialog box in MS Word.

Considerations

Pasting from a PDF sometimes imports artifacts including embedded line breaks. Especially for longer pastes, you'll probably have to tweak the resulting text in Word to ensure it's typographically accurate.