How to Convert PDFs to Word

By David Weedmark

With Microsoft Word 2013, you don't need any additional software to convert PDF files to Word's DOCX format. When you open the PDF in Word, you have the option to edit it as needed and then save it as a DOCX file. In most cases, Word converts the file without any issues, however it's still important to scan through the document to ensure it's formatting isn't corrupted in the conversion process.

Step 1

Right click a PDF file in File Explorer. Select "Open With" from the drop-down menu and click "Word." If Word is already open, you can select "Open" after clicking the File menu in Word, and then choose the PDF just as you would open a Word document stored on your computer.

Step 2

Click "OK" when the dialog box opens, explaining that Word will convert the PDF to an editable Word document. The conversion process may take a minute or two if it's a large file.

Step 3

Click the "Enable Editing" button near the top of window if you downloaded the PDF file from the Internet.If the PDF file contains a table of contents, Word prompts you to update the page numbers. Another dialog box may open if Word detects links to other files or websites. Click "Yes" if you want to maintain these links. If you don't need to retain the links, click "No."

Step 4

Scroll through the document to ensure it is formatted the way you want it to appear. Converting a PDF file to Word may result in extra spaces or page breaks or text that is not aligned with images correctly.Sometimes images may be distorted and lines may appear out of place. If this happens, zoom in and out using the "Zoom" slider in the bottom-right corner of the window. Alternatively, save the file as a Word DOCX document by clicking the "Save" button, then close Word and open the document again.

Step 5

Edit the document any way you wish. For example, if you click on an image, you can edit it by clicking the Picture Tools "Format" tab, or by right-clicking the image.To edit or format text, click the "Home" tab and use any of its formatting options. For example, text may render left-justified in one paragraph but right-justified in the next. Highlight the text and select the alignment you want in the Paragraph section of the Home ribbon.

Step 6

Click the "Save" button. The Save As dialog box opens, prompting you to save the file as a Word DOCX file. Select a folder to store the Word file and click "Save."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to protect a Word document from unauthorized access, click the "File" tab and select "Info." After clicking the "Protect Document" icon, select "Encrypt with Password."
  • After editing a PDF in Word, you can save it as a PDF document again by clicking the "File" tab, selecting "Export" and then clicking the "Create PDF/XPS" button. Make sure to change the file name if you don't want to write over the original PDF.