How to Embed a PDF in Notion


I use Notion as part of my daily workflow. It has become a core piece of the workflow and acts as a jack of all trades-type solution for whatever I throw at it. Sometimes, I have a project (check out my article on how to build a project tracker in Notion) or task that, as part of it, includes documentation that needs to be associated with it. The format of the documentation typically is a PDF file. Notion supports the ability to embed a PDF file, which makes my life easier. If fact, Notion supports the ability to embed a bunch of file types and services. You can embed things like Google Sheets, Calendars and Maps as well as Excel spreadsheets. Click on any of the prior links to read up on how to embed each of those files in Notion.

Back to the subject at hand, embedding a PDF file in Notion is remarkably easy to do. To embed a PDF file into Notion, do the following:

  • Open Notion and Navigate to the Notion page you want to embed the PDF in.
  • Click on the body of the Notion page where you want the PDF to appear and type /pdf to bring up the PDF option.
  • Select the PDF option from the menu
  • Either select Upload to upload a PDF to Notion or select Embed Link and paste the URL of the PDF you want to embed.

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Open Notion and Navigate to the Notion Page you want to embed the PDF in.

Click on the body of the Notion page where you want the PDF to appear and type /pdf to bring up the PDF option.

Select the PDF option from the menu

Either select Upload to upload a PDF to Notion or select Embed Link and paste the URL of the PDF you want to embed.

Once you have typed /pdf and selected the PDF option, a gray box will appear that is marked Embed a PDF. Click on the box to bring up the dialog box shown below:

There are two options for embedding a PDF file into a Notion page as shown in the table below:

OptionDescription of Option
UploadUploads a PDF file from your device
Embed LinkEmbeds the PDF file that resides at the URL
you enter

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Uploading a PDF from your Device

If the pdf file is on your device, choose the Upload option.

A file dialog like the one in the screenshot above will appear. Navigate to the PDF you would like to embed onto your Notion page. Select the pdf file and click Open.

The file will upload onto your Notion page. As you can see from the image above, you may need to resize the box the PDF is in to make it readable. Click on the PDF image and you will see gray corners on each of the corners of the PDF image. Click, hold and drag one of the corners until the PDF box is the size you want it to be as seen below:

Your PDF is now embedded inside your Notion page.

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