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When I try to place pdf files (created by Adobe Illustrator or elsewhere) into a Microsoft Word document, then on my Macbook Pro Laptop, I can simply drag and drop the file into a word document. This results in a very crisp and high resolution placement of the pdf file in the word document. The image below is a screenshot of a part of the pdf file after placing it into Word on MacOS.

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On my Windows PC, however, I cannot drag and drop pdf files into the Word document. This would only result in placing a pdf file icon into the word document. Instead, I need to import the pdfs by clicking on "Insert" tab, then on "Object", and then "Create from File", and then I choose the file via "Browse". The result is very awful, however. After import into Word, the pdf file looks very pixelated. See part of a screenshot below after importing into Word on Windows 10.

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Please advice how I can import pdfs into Word so they get rendered in high quality on Windows PC.

PS: I tried other import formats into Word on Windows incl. SVG, EMF and WMF, but none of them gives a perfect result.

Note: cross-posted on https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/insert-pdf-into-word-results-in-pixelation-blurriness-on-windows-but-not-macos/td-p/12008811

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    Word isn't really a tool designers use for importing images. PDF works better on the Mac because the Mac is build around PDF. I'd try and RGB PNG for Word, regardless of OS. In spite of what MS will tout.. raster formats such as PNG just work better in their (horrible) software.
    – Scott
    Commented May 2, 2021 at 8:32
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    Paste your vectors into power point than un group and re copy and paste into word they are now native MS vectors that have no problems. Anyway PDF works, but the preview is not as nice as the print. Provided that you dont trigger rsterisation by menupulating the file which is easy. ANyway I dont use word much.
    – joojaa
    Commented May 2, 2021 at 9:19
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    In my experience, Word files are unacceptable for commercial printing. Doesn't matter what resolution you use.
    – Scott
    Commented May 3, 2021 at 4:43
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    Well, as long as you can export a proper PDF from Word (PDFx), a PDF. Most designers don't even bother with Word and use Indesign, QuakXpress, heck even Scribus for layout. The #1 issue with Word is that any layout can change when the exact same Word file is opened on a new system.
    – Scott
    Commented May 3, 2021 at 16:58
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    AJ.. Indesign and Xpress are industry standard and used for everything from leaflets to 1000+ page manuals. Any application with "Office" in its name is not something designers really use - MS Office, LibreOffice, OpenOffice..et. al. These are all text editors not layout tools.
    – Scott
    Commented May 3, 2021 at 18:15

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In Windows, you have the OneNote app. Open your PDF file in OneNote for printing. Copy the opened file and then paste in your word document. It will retain the full resolution

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