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How to insert a PDF into Google Docs [Simple Method]

Google has made life much easier and simpler thanks to a ton of tools and software that they release. One of the more notable ones out there has to be Google Docs. Why is it popular? Well, it’s free, can be used on any platform, requires just a browser on your PC, and stores all of your doc files on the cloud itself, i.e. Google Drive.

If you are someone who uses Google Docs a lot and also works around with PDF files, there are chances that you might have always looked for an option to insert the files right into Google Docs itself. Here is a guide on how to insert PDF into Google Docs.

If you take a look around Google Docs itself, there is no such option available to insert PDF files right into a doc file. Heck, there isn’t even an add-on available that lets you add PDF files into Google Docs. So what do you do? Do you shift to another word processor because you can’t insert PDF? No, you don’t. This is where we come in and show you how to insert PDF files into Google Docs right away. Read on to know more

Steps to Insert PDF into Google Docs

Before we begin, you need to know that you can’t simply insert a PDF file into Google Docs. Sure this might sound a bit disappointing, but hey, there is always a workaround to get anything and everything done.

How to insert PDF into Google Docs
  1. First of all, take a look at the PDF file that you have. Look at how many pages it has.
  2. If it has less than three pages, the best thing you can do is take a screenshot of each page. Shouldn’t be a problem at all. You can head here to see how to take screenshots on a Windows PC easily.
  3. However, if you have those huge PDF files that have more than 5 pages or so, it can be a bit of a headache to keep taking screenshots for each page.
  4. We do know that you can insert images into Google Docs, so here is where we will use an online PDF converter to make the task easier.
  5. I Love PDF is a popular and one of the most used PDF converters available online. You can convert your PDF file into images easily.
  6. To do this, simply visit the online converter and click on the PDF to JPG.
    How to insert PDF into Google Docs
  7. It will now ask you to upload your PDF file. Click on the Select PDF button. You can also drag and drop the PDF file.
    How to insert PDF into Google Docs
  8. Now, choose the first option that says Page to JPG. Selecting this will create images equal to the number of pages in the PDF file.
    How to insert PDF into Google Docs
  9. Once you have selected the option, click on the Convert To JPG button.
  10. The process will begin right away and will let you download the file to your system. You can also choose to save it to your Google Drive Or Dropbox cloud storage.
  11. Now that your PDF images have been downloaded, it’s time to add them to your Google Docs file.
  12. Open up Google Docs and click on Insert from the menu bar.
    How to insert PDF into Google Docs
  13. Select Image and then click on Upload from Computer. You will be asked to navigate to the images to upload.

And that is how you add PDFs to Google Docs. Sure, it’s not the same as adding the whole PDF file, but as a workaround, this is the best that you can do.

Apart from this, you can also add just one image from the PDF file and then add a link to it. You can do this by simply right-clicking the image that you inserted into your Google Doc file and selecting the Link option. Here you can add the link to the PDF file that you might have stored on a cloud storage service. But make sure that you have the file set to viewable to everyone, otherwise, it could be a problem.

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Joshua D'souza
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