Insert Another File Into Your Word 2003 Document

Word lets you insert different types of objects into your document. For example, you can insert worksheets from Excel, images, media clips, and so on. You can even insert text from another document into the document you are currently working on.

In a previous tip, I outlined how to accomplish this in Word 2007. If you are using Word 2003, the steps are slightly different as described below.

To insert another file into your document:

  1. Within your document, click where you want to insert the second document.
  2. From the Insert menu, click Insert File.
  3. In the File name box, locate the file you want locate and then double click it.
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  • Mike Maul

    When you insert a word doc using Insert from text, you lose the formatting from the second document.

    I’d like to insert a section break – then insert the second doc with different formatting and keep the second doc formatting in this section with the first section format unchanged.

    Can this be done?

  • Philip Larson

    I have the same problem. Would love a solution.

  • Pam

    Sounds like a section break is a good solution. Try it yet? Also, keep in mind that the last paragraph mark/section break contains ALL the formatting for its’ document.

  • Helen

    I am told that word 2003 has an instruction in how to KEEP SOURCE FORMATTING when inserting one word Doc into another Doc – such as PAGEMAKER – This instruction cannot be found [at least by me] but it is suppose to insert the DOC into the new DOC WITHOUT CHNAGING ANY of the formating .. Anyone been able to find this INSTRUCTION??

  • Meghan

    I found instruction on how to KEEP SOURCE FORMATTING when copy and pasting text from another document. Hope this helps!