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How to Insert PDF Into Excel

by Hung Nguyen

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The easiest methods to insert PDF and other forms of content into Excel files, online and offline.

We've helped you to insert PDF files into popular file formats, such as Word and PPT in the past, so here’s an article on how to insert PDF into Excel sheets. We’ll also tell you how to convert PDF to Excel, so you can then merge all of your files into one, without needing to insert a PDF into an Excel file. But first, let’s look at how you can do this in Excel.

How To Insert PDF Into Excel as a Picture


One of the quickest ways to insert PDF files into Excel sheets is via the software itself.

  1. Open the Excel file you want to insert a PDF into.
  2. Click on the "Insert" tab, "Pictures" and then "Picture from file."
  3. Locate and double-click on the PDF you wish to insert into Excel.

Voila, inserting content from a PDF file into an Excel sheet couldn’t get any easier than this. Similarly, you can also choose other file formats, such as images, to place inside your Excel files.


Insert PDF into Excel as an image.

How To Insert PDF Into Excel With Smallpdf

  1. Go to the PDF to Excel tool on our site.

  2. Drag and drop your PDF to convert to Excel.

  3. Choose whether you want to convert with OCR or not.

  4. Download your file, upload to Google Drive or Dropbox, or even share via email.


Alternatively, convert PDF to Excel to seamlessly insert, edit and manage files.

Smallpdf makes work with PDF easy, including the transfer of file formats, to and from this universal file. Furthermore, we now have OCR technology to convert PDF to an editable Excel file. As such, you can now convert PDF to Excel files and merge your sheets together into one, to manage and edit them easily.

Other Useful Tools


We have a suite of more than 20+ free and useful PDF tools for you to convert to other formats besides Excel, as well as enhancing your PDF files. Some of these tools are:

  • Excel to PDF - to convert files back to PDF
  • Merge PDF - combine multiple PDFs into one to insert multiple files into Excel at once
  • Compress - reduce the size of large PDFs and insert as many as you like into your Excel sheet
  • Protect - keep PDF files secured with an unlockable password
  • eSign - electronic signatures made easy

We hope you now know how to insert PDF into Excel files effectively. While you’re here, also check out our other blog articles on how to insert PDF into Word and PPT as well!

And if you still need help, please send an email our way. We’re here to make PDF easy!


Hope we could be of help to aid a more productive digital work environment.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf