How to Convert a Scanned PDF Document into a Text File

It is possible to take a document, scan it, convert it to a PDF and then convert that PDF to a text file with Adobe Acrobat. Doing this can save time that might otherwise be spent retyping a document. The process is simple, provided a high quality scan can be made. It is also possible to use a third party application to convert the PDF directly to a Microsoft Word document.

Turning a scanned PDF into a Text File

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Scan the document. Save it as a PDF.

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Open the scanned document in Adobe Acrobat.

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Select "File>Export>Text>Text Plain."

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Name the document and click "Save."

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Open the saved file and review for conversion errors.

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Save the corrected document.

Converting a scanned PDF into a Word Document

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Scan the document. Save it as a PDF.

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Open an Internet browser. Go to the first link in the Resources section below.

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Select "Browse" and upload the scanned document.

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Choose to convert the document to Word (.doc) or RTF (Rich Text Format.) Rich Text Format is compatible with Word.

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Enter the email address to which the converted document will be mailed.

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Open the document once it has been sent and check for and correct any errors.

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Save the Word document.