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How can I upload and embed a PDF document in a single column web-part, in Sharepoint Online? Thanks

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You can use Page Viewer webpart in SharePoint Online for this purpose.

Steps:

  1. Upload the PDF document in any library and copy its URL.
  2. In your SharePoint page, add a Page viewer webpart as Media and Content > Page Viewer
  3. Edit the webpart and add the copied link in Step 1.

Now you will be able to view the embedded PDF as shown below.

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There is a different method as well that uses the embed tag.

  1. In your page, add a content editor webpart
  2. Add the below code to embed the PDF

    <object>
        <embed type="application/pdf" src="thesamePDFlocation.PDF" ></embed>
    </object>
    
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  • I didn't like the Page Viewer web part, as it gave options for people to download the PDF. I wanted people to view it only, as if it were an image, so I did the embed tag. Thanks! – Fandango68 May 1 '19 at 2:18
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Yes, You can - use "File viewer" web part. Here are two good articles ( first and second ) on how to use and configure it.

File viewer web part

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