How do I Copy a Complete PDF File Into a Word Document?

By Marie Cartwright

Portable document format, or PDF, files are good for preserving the format of your document, but editing them without the right software can be tricky. Editing a PDF file requires Adobe Acrobat. Although this software is useful for those who routinely edit PDF files, it is not always a practical investment for someone who rarely uses PDFs. Though Microsoft Word 2010 has the ability to export a text document into PDF format, it cannot convert a PDF into a Word document. The content within a PDF can be copied and pasted into a Word document; however, you will need to copy text and images separately.

Step 1

Open your PDF document in Adobe Reader. Use the cursor to select the text you wish to copy. If you need to copy the whole document, click the left mouse button to the left of the first character on the page. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor down all the way to the end of the document. Your selected text will be highlighted in blue.

Step 2

Right-click on the blue highlighted text. This will display a drop-down menu. Select "Copy." The text is now copied to your computer's clipboard. Leave Adobe Reader open.

Step 3

Launch "Microsoft Word." Click within the blank document. Hold the "Control" key while pressing the "V" key to paste the text into the Word document.

Step 4

Return to "Adobe Reader." Open the "Tools" menu. Select "Basic" to open a drop-down menu. Click "Select Image." This will enable the Select Image tool. Find the first image in the PDF document. Right-click on the image. Select "Copy Image to Clipboard." Note the location of the image within the text.

Step 5

Return to "Microsoft Word." Click on the location within the document in which you wish to paste the image. Open the "Edit" menu. Click "Paste." The image from the PDF document will be inserted into your Word document. If your PDF has multiple images, you will need to repeat Steps 4 and 5 for each image.

Tips & Warnings

  • The font face and size of the copied text may not be preserved once it is pasted into Word.