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How do I get embedded Word objects to remain active when converted to PDF?

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Using the "Insert Object" feature in Microsoft Word, I have embedded a Word document within a Word document (so the user can view the embedded document when they click on the image link).

However, when this Word file (that has the embedded Word object within it) is converted to PDF, the link "breaks". The embedded object turns into an inactive image  and no longer links to the desired Word document.

Is there a way to prevent the link from breaking once converted to PDF? If not, is there a workaround to embed a Word document within a PDF file?
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You could create a picture of the Word document, embed the picture, and assign the picture a hyperlink which would open the Word document from the PDF document.
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I do not believe this workaround will work for a user opening the Word document hyperlink within the PDF document that does not have access to the original source of the Word document. If this is the case, do you have a workaround for a business scenario where global employees are required to view the embedded document, but do not have the original document anywhere on their personal hardrives?
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Use Adobe Acrobat (full package) or something similar to create your documents. We have no issue with Adobe creating fully interactive documents.
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