Note: It has to be editable. The resulting exported PDF has selectable text.
To embed an Inkscape drawing into a Word document:
Open the file in Inkscape.
Save the file as an Enhanced Metafile (
Be sure to untick
Convert text to paths
.emffile as a picture in a Word document.
To edit the drawing and text:
Right-click the picture and select
Yesto convert to a drawing object.
Microsoft Word 2016 can now directly import SVG:
- Place your cursor where you'd like the image to be inserted.
- Go to the Insert tab of the Ribbon.
Navigate to where the SVG file you wish to insert is located and select it. Click Insert.
What's particularly cool is that looking under the covers reveals that SVG is being stored natively within the OOXML. This is much better for image quality preservation than importing to a raster format would be, and is more interoperable than EMF/WMF.
Platforms: SVG import unfortunately does not appear to be supported on the Mac platform or on Word Online as of this writing (August 2017).
SVG import is now supported on Mac, confirmed with an Office 365 subscription at least.
I am using word 2013 and thus I cannot import svg directly. However, LibreOffice is capable of doing that. I am using LibreOffice 5 and I could import the svg file with
insert -> image -> choose your file
After that I just copied the imported svg from LibreOffice to Office. It seems like quality changed a bit, but for purposes that was fine.
It's also possible to copy-paste objects from Inkscape to Word directly. However, they are imported as raster image, I suppose Jpg-like. You can see an example below, in which I enlarged a detail to show the borders.
I have Inkscape 0.48, Microsoft Word 2010.
How to copy and paste a diagram from Inkscape into Microsoft Word
There is another simpler method which works all the time with all software, whatever age, including Mac OS.
Select the diagram in Inkscape. Click on/select Black Arrow at top left of the page. Click on corner of the diagram you wish to move, then pull the cursor around the diagram so a black box surrounds the diagram.
Select "Edit" → "Make a Bitmap copy". (This is halfway down the list with something like a camera next to it.) Click on it. A lot of dotted lines appear around your Inkscape diagram.
Now this is the trick.
Select "Edit" → "Copy". (Not "Make Bitmap copy". Doing this twice confuses some people.) Click.
Then open your Word document.
Click your cursor where you want to put the diagram.
In the Word document go to "Edit" → "Paste". Click.
Voila! Your diagram appears in the Word document with a box and handles around it.
Resize if necessary by selecting and dragging the bottom right corner, and move by selecting box and dragging.
Click. Box disappears. All done. Save.
Another solution is to use Gimp, it can read SVG files and export them in PNG format.
For those who don't have the right software and don't want to install stuff for a 1 time need, a quick solution is to:
- drag the SVG in a Chrome window (or a recent browser supporting SVG)
- zoom to the desired size
- use your usual screenshot tool (Word has one built-in)