Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting a File.

Inserting a File

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 9, 2020)

There will probably be times when you want to add a file to your current document. For instance, you may need to append a document file, or you might want to add a text file in the middle of your document. Word makes it very easy to do this by following these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the file inserted.
  2. Make sure the Insert tab of the ribbon is selected.
  3. In the Text group, click the down-arrow to the right of the Object tool.
  4. Choose the Text from File option. Word displays the Insert File dialog box. (This looks almost exactly like a standard Open dialog box.)
  5. Use the tools in the dialog box to select the file you want to insert.
  6. Click on Insert.

It's important to note that if your document doesn't use styles (you haven't defined any of your own), then the default styles in the target document will override the default styles in the source document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10587) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting a File.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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