You can insert various file types -- including Excel spreadsheets and PDF documents -- into Microsoft Word 2013 documents. You can embed the file into the document so that others can open it on their computer. If you link to the file and then edit it, the changes are reflected in the Word document automatically. Unlike linked files, embedded objects are not updated in Word when you make changes to the source file.
Open the document to edit in Microsoft Word or , switch to the Insert tab, and then click the Object button in the Text group to display the Object dialog.
Switch to the Create From File tab, click the Browse button and then use the file browser to select the file to insert. Click Insert to insert the file.
Check the Link To File box to link to the file instead of embedding it into the document. If you edit the linked file, the changes are reflected in the Word document.
Note that linked files are not embedded into the document and are not transferred automatically if you send the document to others; in this case, the link will be broken.
Check the Display As Icon box to display the file as an icon. By default, Word displays a preview of some file types in the document; you can remove the preview by using an icon.
Change the icon by clicking the Change Icon button and then selecting a different option from the Icon list. To change the text that displays below the icon in the document, type something else into the Caption field.
Click OK to insert the file into the Word document. To save the changes, press Ctrl-S.