Embed web content in Word for the web

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In Word for the web, you can quickly embed web content such as videos, forms, slides, and more from several supported sources by just pasting the web content URL in the document. When a supported URL is pasted and detected as a hyperlink, it automatically shows up the corresponding web content in the document. You can interact with the content (such as watching a video) by staying within the document.
Any changes in the source content automatically update in your document.

Supported sources

Word for the web currently supports embedding content from the following sites and services. The number of supported sources is growing; check back here for an updated list.

How it works

The following is a brief description of how this feature works.

Embed the content

While you're connected to the Internet, paste the URL into a Word for the web document.

Embedded web content in Word for desktop

When Word for the web recognizes the hyperlink, it automatically embeds the content. You can the play it right from the document using the website's controls for play, pause, volume, etc.

Embedded web content

Tip: If the URL doesn’t automatically show up as a hyperlink, press space or enter and then wait for Word to detect it as a hyperlink. 

Undo and redo embedding

If you undo the paste action (Ctrl+Z), the embedded content reverts to a hyperlink.

Reverted to hyperlink

If you redo the action (Ctrl+Y), the hyperlink becomes embedded web content again.

Cut and copy embedded content

You can cut or copy embedded web content and then paste it in another location within the same document or into a different Word for the web document.

Behavior in Word for the desktop

If you open the Word for the web document in Word for the desktop, the embedded web content appears as a static image.

Embedded web content in Word for desktop

When you reopen the document in Word for the web, the embedded web content will appear as expected.

Notes: 

  1. There are some places in the document where embedding won't work. Word for the web won't allow pasting web content into lists, headers and footers, comments, footnotes, or endnotes.

  2. Embedded content always appears in a new paragraph on Word for the web and can't be resized.

  3. If you want to show URLs as normal hyperlinks and not convert them into embedded content in your document, go to File > About > Privacy Settings and turn off Optional connected experiences.

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