How to insert a PDF into Word directly.

A man uses a desktop to copy and paste a PDF into Word document.

Learn how to insert a PDF into a Word document by either inserting it directly into the document or converting the PDF file.

Different file formats are useful in different contexts. Both Word and PDF are extremely popular formats that you’ve probably worked with before. If you need to combine the content from a PDF and a Word document, you will be glad that Word is compatible with many different formats and PDFs are relatively easy to work with. In this article, you’ll learn how to insert a PDF into Word.

Can I copy and paste a PDF into Word?

Are you wondering how to insert PDF into Word, and if it can be done? Merging content or documents may not feel straightforward when you’re working with different file formats. Fortunately, you can learn how to insert a PDF into Word several different ways.

You can insert the PDF so that it is like its own image, and even keep it editable. If you’d rather not insert a PDF into Word directly, you can also attach a PDF to a Word document, which will open the link externally. Finally, the easiest way to copy and paste content from a PDF into a Word document is to first convert your PDF to a Word doc. For instructions on how to do that, jump down to the section below labeled, “Convert, copy, and paste PDF into Word.”

Step by step: how to insert a PDF into Word.

The PDF is known for its reliability and shareability, since its format stays consistent across all devices. If you want to keep your PDF document intact, with its formatting as its own page visible in your Word document, you have a couple of options.

The easiest way to add a PDF to Word is to simply insert the entire file. Using Word, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Word document you want to add the PDF to.
  2. Click Insert > Object > Create from File.
  3. Browse for the PDF you want to insert.
  4. Click Okay.

Your chosen PDF should insert directly into the Word document. From there, you can adjust the size or position of the PDF, just like you would an image. If your PDF isn’t showing up in your Word document and you’re just seeing an icon instead, make sure you have a good PDF reader or editor installed on your device. It’s possible that your version of Word can’t read the PDF without it.

If you want to learn how to add a PDF to Word and retain the ability to edit the PDF, follow these steps:

  1. In Word, click Insert > the arrow next to Object.
  2. Next, select Text from File.
  3. That will tell Word to create an editable version of the PDF and insert it into the document. (Be aware that this method can alter the PDF’s formatting.)

Convert, copy, and paste PDF into Word.

The best way to add editable PDFs to a Word document is to convert the PDF first. It’s easy to convert PDFs to Word using an online PDF editor:

  1. Visit Adobe Acrobat online.
  2. Upload the PDF you want to convert.
  3. Click Export to DOCX.
  4. Download the new Word file.

Now that your PDF is in DOCX format, you can easily copy and paste the entire file or specific parts directly into the original Word document.

Insert a multi-page PDF into Word.

What can you do if you have a multi-page PDF that you want displayed on your Word document? If you’re only concerned with transferring over the content of your PDF, you can convert it to a Word document first and then copy and paste.

If you want to actually copy a PDF into Word that has multiple pages so that the format shows like an image, you can try to insert the whole document following the instructions above in the section titled “Step by step: how to insert a PDF into Word.” Depending on your version of Word, a couple of things might happen:

One way or another, you should be able to use these tips to display multiple formatted pages of your PDF in your Word document.

Resources for inserting PDFs into other apps.

PDF is a versatile format, and you may want to use it in conjunction with more than one other format. Fortunately, you can also insert a PDF into Powerpoint (PPT), edit a PDF in Word directly, or convert a PDF to Google Slides.

Discover what more you can do with Acrobat to make creating and editing PDFs a breeze.