Objects to show as Icons by default word 2007

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-10
Hi All,

I am sure this is something really easy but I can't figure it out.  What I am trying to do is get an embeded object in word to show up as a icon by default.  

If I go to insert and then object I can set it to display as a icon.  But if I just drag the PDF from my desktop to word document is shows the first page of the PDF and not an icon.  I would like to know how I can set it to display an icon by default.

Question by:Christian Couture
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    by:Brian Gee
    Unfortunately, drag and drop is not the method to do this (make a clickable icon). Try this instead (which embeds the file into the Word document):

    Insert > Object > Create from File tab > click the Browse button to find and select your PDF file > check the Display as icon checkbox > (optional: if you want to change the caption underneath the icon, click the Change Icon button to update the Caption) > OK.

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    by:Christian Couture
    Hi yobri,

    I know that you can do it as you stated but the issue is ee used to be able to drag and drop into word and it would embed it as an icon, but when we upgraded to Windows 7 it doesn't work anymore.  We can still drag and drop but it doesn't put it in as a icon, instead it shows the first page of the PDF.
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    Try this... after dragging and dropping the PDF, right-click on the PDF that is in the Word document > Acrobat Document Object > Convert > check the Display as Icon checkbox. This appears how the behavior appears to be now and how to get the functionality you need accordingly...
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    by:James Murrell
    This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.

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    same issues but had to highlight the object that I had just embedded and change the style from the home tab

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