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How to embed objects in MS Word

Updated March 23, 2017

When you insert any type of object into Microsoft Word, whether it is an Excel spreadsheet, graphic or text file, you have the option of embedding the object or linking to the file. Embedding the object stores the content of the file in the Word document. Embedded objects take up more space in a Word document, but allow you to view the object without accessing the original file. Embedding objects is ideal if you plan to share the document with others.

Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010

Open a Microsoft Word document.

Place your cursor where you want to insert an embedded object.

Click the "Insert" tab. Click "Object" in the "Text" group.

Click the "Create from file" tab to embed an existing object. Click "Browse" to select the file from your computer. Uncheck the "Link to file" box. Click "OK."

Click the "Microsoft Office Button" or "File" tab. Click "Save" to save the Word document.

Microsoft Word 2003

Open a Microsoft Word document.

Place your cursor where you want to insert an embedded object.

Click the "Insert" menu. Click "Object."

Click "Create from file." Click "Browse" to select the file from your computer that you want to embed. Uncheck the "Link to file" box. Click "OK."

Click "File," then "Save" to save the Word document.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Object file
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