How to Copy a PDF Background Into a Word Document

By Jen Miller

A PDF can have images or a color as the background, which you can open with the appropriate imaging program and save the file in a format to be copied into Microsoft Word. A background color in a PDF is a vector file, and a background image is a bitmap file; these two file types require different programs to open them. You can open bitmap files in a program such as Microsoft Paint, and you can open vector files in programs such as Adobe Illustrator or the free Inkscape.You must configure Adobe Acrobat so that each type of file can be opened with the appropriate program. Then, you can open the background in the program, save it and copy it into Word.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Word
  • Bitmap editing program, such as Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop
  • Vector editing program, such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape

Configure Editing Programs

Step 1

Open Adobe Acrobat, click "Edit," choose "Preferences" and select "TouchUp" from the "Categories" pane.

Step 2

Click "Choose Image Editor" and select the program that opens image (bitmap) files.

Step 3

Click "Choose Page/Object Editor" and select the program that opens vector files.

Step 4

Click "OK."

Copy a Background

Step 1

Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and select the "TouchUp Tool."

Step 2

Click the background image or color that you want to copy, right-click it and select "Edit Image." The program that you specified to open the bitmap or vector file opens to display the image.

Step 3

Save the image in the appropriate format. For vector images, save as an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. For bitmap images, save as a bitmap, JPEG, GIF, TIFF or PNG file.

Step 4

Open Microsoft Word, click "Insert" and select "Picture."

Step 5

Choose the picture that you want to insert and click "Insert."