Top 4 Ways to Insert a PDF into a Google Doc in 2022

Published on: October 27, 2022
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Google Docs is a free word processor, similar to Microsoft Word.

It's widely used because it's free, powerful, and easily allows collaboration and saving documents to Google Drive.

PDF preserves the formatting and contents of a document, ensuring that they can be viewed on almost any device.

But how do you insert a PDF into a Google Doc?

It may be a bit confusing how to do this or the best way to insert your PDF so it looks good.

But fortunately, it's actually pretty easy!

We've gathered the most popular methods for inserting PDFs into Google Docs from the internet so you have everything you need to get started!

How to Insert a PDF into a Google Doc as a Link

The easiest way to insert a PDF into a Google Doc is by inserting it a link. This requires uploading the PDF file to Google Drive, first.

  1. Upload your PDF to Google Drive.
  2. Right-click on the PDF file > Get link.
  3. Click Copy link. (Tip: Make sure General Access dropdown menu to set access permission on the PDF).
  4. Open the Google Doc file you want to insert a PDF into.
  5. Put your cursor where you want to place the PDF link.
  6. Insert tab > Link.
  7. Paste the link or press [ctrl] + [v]. Specify alternate text for the link (if necessary), then press Enter.

How to Insert a PDF into a Google Doc as an Image

This method requires that you first use a PDF editor to turn the PDF into an image, then insert the image into the Google Doc.

A PDF editor allows you to instantly turn PDFs into image files (or vice versa) in just a few clicks.

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  1. Launch PDF Pro.
  2. Open the PDF you want to turn into an image.
  3. Create tab > To image.
  4. Press Start.
  5. Open the Google Doc file.
  6. Insert tab > Image.
  7. Upload from computer.
  8. Find & Open your new PDF image.

How to Insert PDF into Google Doc as Editable Content

This method requires that you first use a PDF editor to turn the PDF into an editable Word document.

  1. Open the PDF in PDF Pro.
  2. Create tab > To Word.
  3. Start button.
  4. Upload the new Word document to Google Drive.
  5. Open the document in Google Docs.
  6. Copy & paste the content from the into an existing Google Doc.

How to Insert a PDF into a Google Doc as a Screenshot (Copy & Paste)

Please note: This method works better for one page PDFs.

  1. Open the PDF you want to insert.
  2. Press [Windows] + [shift] + [s] to open the Snipping Tool.
  3. Use your mouse to take a screenshot of the PDF.
  4. Open the Google Doc and place the mouse cursor where you would like to insert the PDF.
  5. Press [ctrl] + [v] to paste the image of the PDF.

Easily Work Between PDF or Google Docs

Google Docs is free and convenient word processor that is widely used because of it's simplicity and collaboration power.

Sometimes, it may make sense to insert a PDF file into a Google Doc.

The easiest way to do this is by uploading the PDF into Google Drive, then inserting the PDF's link into the Google Doc.

But it's not the only way.

You can insert the PDF as an image, or even turn it into an editable document that works in Google Docs.

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Arron StaradubDigital Marketing Specialist
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.