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 a third article to on how to insert PDF into Excel sheets.

How to Insert PDF into Excel - from Excel as an Object


The quickest way to insert PDF files into Excel sheets is via the software itself.

  1. Open the Excel Document that you wish to insert a PDF file into

  2. Click 'Insert' > Object... > From File

  3. Locate the PDF and click 'Ok'

How to Insert PDF into Excel - from Excel as a Picture

  1. Similar to the last step, have the Excel file open

  2. This time, click 'Insert' > Picture > Picture from File...

  3. Locate and double-click on the PDF you wish to insert into Excel

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

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Insert PDF into Excel as an image

How to Insert PDF into Excel - with Smallpdf


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. To do so:

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

  2. Drag and drop your PDF to convert to Excel

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

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

Other Useful Tools


Guess what? We have another 17 free and useful PDF tools for you to convert to other formats besides Excel, as well as enhancing your PDF files before inserting them into Excel. A few includes:

  • Excel to PDF - convert files back to PDF

  • Compress - reduce the size of large PDFs

  • Protect - keep PDF files secured

  • eSign - electronic signatures made easy

  • Reader - if you simply want to read Excel sheets in PDF format

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

And if you still need help, please send an email our way. We make PDF easy! : )


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

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Content Marketing Manager @Smallpdf