Microsoft Word provides a plethora of features for managing content. One of these unique features is the ability to insert a PDF file directly into Word, and it can be done in just a few steps. Here’s how.

To easily insert a PDF file into your Word document, insert it as an object. If you do this, the PDF essentially becomes a part of the Word document. This means that any changes made to the source PDF file not be reflected in the file embedded in the Word document unless you link to the source file, which we’ll explain later.

When you’re ready, open the Word document and place your cursor where you want to insert the PDF file. Then select the “Insert” tab.

Then click on “Subject” in the “Text” group.

A small drop-down menu will appear. Select “Subject” from the menu.

The “Object” window then appears. Here, click on the “Create from file” tab, then select “Browse”.

Navigate to the location of the PDF, select it, and click “Insert”.

Now you need to decide if you want to (1) link directly to the source file and / or (2) display the PDF as an icon. Linking directly to the source file is a good idea if you want the inserted PDF file to reflect any new changes made to the source file. Make sure to enable this option if that is your goal.

Showing the PDF as an icon is good if you don’t want to take up too much space on the page. If you do not enable any of these options, the entire PDF will be displayed on the Word document and will not reflect any new changes made to the source file.

When you are ready, select “OK”.

link to file, display icon and insert pdf options

The PDF will now be inserted into the Word document.