How to Convert a PDF File to a Word Doc

By Amy Dombrower

Portable Document Format (PDF), a commonly used format for electronic documents, sometimes need to be converted to a text-based document. The main advantage of doing so is you can freely edit text in a Word document, while PDFs cannot be changed easily. To convert an existing PDF file to a Word document, either use the PDF software Adobe Acrobat or opt for a free online conversion tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Internet access

Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open a PDF file you want to convert in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu and then choose "Export."

Step 3

Select "Microsoft Word Document" as the output file format.

Step 4

Click "Settings" to change conversion options, such as whether to preserve the layout of the document or include images. Click "OK."

Step 5

Click "Save" to convert the document. You now can open the file in Microsoft Word and edit it as needed.

Online Conversion

Step 1

Log on to the internet and go to NitroPDF's PDF to Word Converter site (see Resource 1). Click "Browse" to select a PDF file. Make sure ".DOC" is selected as the file type. Enter your email address. Click "Convert." The converted Word document will be sent to you in an email.

Step 2

Visit PDF Online's PDF2Word site (see Resource 2). Click "Browse" to upload a PDF file, and click "Upload and Convert." The file will be processed and available for download. No email address in necessary.

Step 3

Go to the PDF Converter website (see Resource 3). Click "Browse" and select a PDF file you want to convert to Word. "Word (doc)" should be selected under "Output Format." Enter your email address and select "Attach Files to Email." Click "Convert Your File."