This tutorial shows how to insert PDFs into Microsoft Word documents. Once inserted, the PDFs’ text and images will become editable parts of the Word documents.
- The inserted PDF won’t retain a connection to the original PDF.
- The inserted PDF’s formatting may change in the Word document.
- Interactive PDF elements, such as those found in forms, won’t be inserted into the Word document.
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The images below are from Word for Microsoft 365 and Word for Microsoft 365 for Mac (a.k.a., Word for Mac). These steps also apply to Word 2021, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013.
How to Insert PDFs into Microsoft Word Documents
- Place your cursor in the Word document where you want to insert the PDF.
- Select the Insert tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Object menu arrow in the Text group.
- Select Text from File from the drop-down menu.
- Locate and select the PDF in the Insert File dialog box.
PC Users: If the PDF is not available, select All Files.
Mac Users: If the PDF is grayed out, select the Options button, and then select All Files in the Enable menu.
- Select the Insert button.
- Select the OK button in the dialog box explaining that the PDF will be converted to a Word document. (Mac users will see a dialog box but don’t have to select a button.)
The contents of the PDF should be inserted into your document. You can now edit the new text and images as you normally would.
Updated May 19, 2023