Add a PDF to a document

You can insert a PDF into a Word document as an object that you can open and view. You’ll be able to re-size it, but you can’t edit it.

  1. Click Insert > Object.
    Insert object
  2. In the Object dialog box, click Create from File and then click Browse.
  3. Find the PDF you want to insert, and then click Insert.
  4. In the Object dialog box, check Display as icon if you only want to display the PDF icon in your document. Leave it unchecked to display the first page of the PDF.
  5. Click OK.

Double-click the PDF object in your document to open and view it in your default PDF reader.

More options

  • If you just want to reuse some text from a PDF, for example a short passage, try copying and pasting it. Usually, you’ll get plain text without the formatting.
  • With the new PDF reflow feature in Word 2013 you can open and edit PDF content, such as paragraphs, lists and tables, just like familiar Word documents. Word pulls the content from the fixed-format PDF document and flows that content into a .docx file while preserving as much of the layout information as it can. See Edit PDF content in Word to learn more.
Applies to:
Word 2013