How to Convert Scanned PDF Documents into Word Files

Editing a scanned PDF file can be somewhat difficult if you are not used to the PDF-editing program you have downloaded or purchased. Converting scanned PDF documents into Microsoft Word files can make editing the document much easier. You can easily save a PDF document as a Word file if you already have the right Adobe program installed on your computer. If not, you can download a different program that can be used to convert a PDF document to a Word file.

Using Adobe Acrobat

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Download and install the trial version of Adobe Acrobat if you already don't have the program on your computer. (See Resources.)

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Open Adobe Acrobat.

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Open the PDF document you want to convert to a Word file.

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Click “File,” then “Save As.”

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Click the drop box next to “Save as Type.” Select "Microsoft Word Document,” and your PDF document will be saved as a Word file.

Using Able2Doc

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Download and install Able2Doc (see Resources.)

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Open the Able2Doc program.

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Click “File” and then select “Open.” Locate and open the PDF document you want to convert into a Word file.

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Highlight the section of the PDF document that you want to convert into a Word file. To do this, drag your cursor over the parts that you want to convert. If you want to convert the entire document, click “Edit” and then choose “Select All Pages.”

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Click the “Convert to Word” tab at the top of the program. A box will appear. Choose one of the four types of Word files listed, then click the “Convert” tab in the bottom of the box.

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Choose “Word Document” in the next box and click “Convert.” Your PDF document will then be converted and saved as a Word file.