3 Solutions to the Problem that Embedded Object Icons are Not Displayed in Your Word Document

In the content below, we plan to show you 3 solutions to fix the problem that embedded Object icons are not displayed in your Word document.

From time to time, you may need to insert a file object and display it as icon on your document.Display as Icon

With it, you can keep your file in a neat manner and your audience will also have a clear view of where the details are. However, have your ever run into the following situations where the embedded icon is missing?

There are 2 instances of having an embedded object icon not displayed. The first one is you find it nowhere in sight, such as below:Missing Icon

While the second situation goes like this:Icon with Only Black Lines

Therefore, we will focus on the 2 different occasions and provide you with their fix respectively.

Situation 1: Totally Missing of the Icon

Once you insert an object icon, you see it nowhere about. All you have is the blank space, and once you click on it, only a box with dotted lines appears.

The cause of it usually has something to do with the line spacing. If you set “Exactly” for the line spacing of the paragraph where the object icon lies, then you are doomed to suffer the issue.

Thus the remedy is some kind of obvious.

Solution 1: Alter Line Spacing

  1. First off, select the whole paragraph.
  2. Then go to click the down arrow button in “Paragraph” group under “Home” tab.Select Text -> Click "Home" -> Click the Down Arrow in "Paragraph" Group
  3. In the “Paragraph” dialog box, ensure the “Indents and Spacing” tab is on.
  4. Next, in “Spacing” part, just choose one but “Exactly” for “Line spacing”.
  5. At lastly, click “OK”. And you shall have the icon back on the screen.Choose "Indents and Spacing" -> Change the Line Spacing -> Click "OK"Effect of Changing Line Spacing

Solution 2: Change Wrapping Style

  1. Firstly, click on the blank space to show the dotted frames of the icon.Missing Object Icon with Dotted Lines Only
  2. Right click on the line and choose “Format Object”.Choose "Format Object"
  3. In the dialog box, click “Layout” first.
  4. Then choose whatever wrapping style but “In line with text”.
  5. Finally, click “OK”. You shall achieve the same effect.Click "Layout" -> Choose a Wrapping Style -> Click "OK"

Situation 2: Display only the Frames

When you see only the frames of the object but not the icon, it’s probably because you have turned on the “Show picture placeholders” option.

  1. Click “File” tab then “Options” to open the “Word Options” dialog box.
  2. Then click “Advanced” on the left pane.
  3. Next scroll down to the “Show document content” part and clear the “Show picture placeholders” box.
  4. Last but not the least, click “OK” to exist. Now everything is back to normal again.Click "Advanced" -> Clear "Show picture placeholders" Box -> Click "OK"

Repair Service is Necessary Now

Despite of its vulnerability sometimes, Word is one of the most popularly used office software nowadays. Therefore, now and then, you have to ask yourself of whether you have backed up critical files yet. And if you haven’t generated an efficient backup plan, have you obtained a service or program for damaged Word file repair? For file loss is bound to happen somewhere and sometime, you must make preparation before the moment comes.

Author Introduction:

Vera Chen is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including xlsx file repair tool and pdf repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

14 responses to “3 Solutions to the Problem that Embedded Object Icons are Not Displayed in Your Word Document”

  1. I’m having trouble with merging. I have numerous files that I want to place into ONE. However, there is no to insert the file !!!

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  4. I have tried solution 1 & 3, solution 2 is not working as when I right click the embedded document there is no “Format Object” option in the drop down list.

    All I see are boxes, no text or icon.
    Any additional advice?


  5. 🙁 I have the name of the file and an icon but the icon isn’t the PDF icon it’s just a picture of a page with a corner turned down. I tried changing the icon but it stays the same.

  6. Thank you!!!!!! Spent ages on the MS pages (not the right advice) then came here, and it’s as clear as crystal. Thank you!

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