How do I embed an Adobe Flash (.swf) file in Excel or Word?


Using Office XP, Excel or Word

From the 'View' menu select 'Toolbars' and tick the 'Control Toolbox'

On the 'Control Toolbox' toolbar click on the 'More controls' icon

A list of controls will be displayed. Scroll down until you find the 'Shockwave Flash Object' and then click on it.


This should change your cursor to a crosshair. Move to the area on the worksheet where you want to inset the 'Shockwave Flash Object'.
Left click, hold and drag to create a box of the required size.


Word will automatically insert the control where the cursor is.
It's size can be set by dragging the edges or via it's 'Properties'

Next right click on the control you have just inserted and select 'Properties'.

Set the following properties

  • Autoload = True
  • EmbedMovie = True
  • Enabled = True
  • Loop = True
  • Playing = True
  • Visible = True
  • Movie = c:\flash.swf (Change this to the location of your .swf file)

Close the 'Properties' control

Save the file.

Close the file.

Reopen the file.

The .swf file should start playing automatically.


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Updated on June 14, 2022


  • blntechie
    blntechie less than a minute

    How do I embed an Adobe Flash (.swf) file in Microsoft Excel or Word?

    • blntechie
      blntechie over 13 years
      HI Rich, I asked this as I have seen people fooling email filters which removes swf files by embedding them in excel/work. I was just curious to know how they do that? Any 3rd party tools used?
  • Admin
    Admin almost 13 years
    Works with every OLE object.