Sunday, May 06, 2012

Embed Existing Word File to Spreadsheet using Excel VBA

Insert Existing File (Word Document) to Spreadsheet using VBA

Sub Insert_File_To_sheet()
Dim oWS As Worksheet ' Worksheet Object
Dim oOLEWd As OLEObject ' OLE Word Object
Dim oWD As Document ' Word Document Object (Use Microsoft Word Reference)
Set oWS = ActiveSheet
' embed Word Document
Set oOLEWd = oWS.OLEObjects.Add(Filename:="C:\VBADUD\Chapter 1.doc")
oOLEWd.Name = "EmbeddedWordDoc"
oOLEWd.Width = 400
oOLEWd.Height = 400
oOLEWd.Top = 30
' Assign the OLE Object to Word Object
Set oWD = oOLEWd.Object
oWD.Paragraphs(oWD.Paragraphs.Count).Range.InsertAfter "This is a sample embedded word document"
End Sub
If you want to embed other document like PDF etc, you can do the same by
ActiveSheet.OLEObjects.Add Filename:= "C:\VBADUD\Sample_CH03.pdf", Link:=False, DisplayAsIcon:= False
Display embedded document as Icon
If you want to display the embedded document as an Icon set DisplayAsIcon property to True


  1. Excelent blog, congratulations !!

    Why i receive the error: Compile error, User-defined type not defined (regarding Dim oWd as document) ??

    Thanks a lot !!

  2. Amando .. you need to add Microsoft Word Reference to the project. You can do it from Tools --> References

  3. shweta10:12 AM

    This was very helpful for me. But I have one Question , what is to be done if it has to be embedded into a particular cell instead of oOLEWd.Top = 30 ?
    I need to insert word doc in Cell(4,4)

  4. Anonymous5:05 AM


    I got a problem with an embedded Word object in an Excel Sheet : I cannot limit the height of the object. If the user types more text than expected, the object expands its height, discarding the height fixed (400 in your example).

    Is there a way to block this behaviour ?

    Thanks in advance.


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