To repeat Bernd's point, simply open the WORD file and use PDF Maker or print to the Adobe PDF printer. Distiller actually can not operate on either a DOC or XLS file (only PS or EPS, and that has ALWAYS been the case), so I really have no idea what you tried to do.
I have actually tried to use the 'convert to Adobe PDF' icon from the MS word. It successfully converted the MS word to PDF file but the embedded excel object is still appearing as an image and I'm unable to open it.
Please let me know how to convert a MS doc file with embedded excel file attached to it TO PDF format without making the excel file become an image file after converting..please keep in mind that I've tried to use PDFMaker but not even near to successfull...
Is there any way to do this or no way it can't be done...
Please advise..if can't...does Adobe has an official article to explain about this limitation?
I suspect that what you are asking as nothing to do with Acrobat. For what you are doing, there is no need to use PDF Maker (unless you are looking for links or such). You do not have to use Distiller (unless you are taking about the Acrobat Distiller printer with AA5 and earlier), but simply print to the Adobe PDF printer (that automates the use of Distiller). In fact, Distiller can not handle DOC files, so I suspect you are using AA5. However, the end result will be based on whatever WORD sends to the printer, not how Acrobat converts it. If text is sent, then Acrobat will convert it accordingly. Sounds like WORD is sending the Excel file as a graphic. It may just be that is how WORD handles that OLE aspect of the embedding.
I am no expert on WORD (I use another package), but I really doubt that Acrobat is at fault. I would look at what WORD is doing. One way to do this is to print to a PS file (you can do this with the Adobe PDF printer using print-to-file. Open the PS file and you should find a graphic structure in the PS that represents the Excel file.
That is the process for the conversion. Aandi might want to know your OS and OFFICE versions in case they might have an effect. In any case, I suspect this is a conversion issue of MS Office, not your Adobe PDF printer. the printer pretty much replicates what it is given. Thus if something is a graphic, it stays a graphic and the same is true for text. I don't use WORD enough to tell you haw to check it out further.