How to Import a PDF File Into Microsoft Word?

By Amy Dombrower

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a useful format for sending final documents via email or getting them professionally printed. PDFs can be viewed using any PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader, and the format and content cannot easily be changed. In some circumstances, you may want to convert a PDF file into an editable Word document to make text-based changes. To import a PDF file into Word, you first need to convert the file to a document Word will accept. Either convert the file using the Adobe Acrobat software, or upload it to a free online converter that will change your PDF document into a Word document.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat software
  • Internet access

Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click the “File” menu, then “Export.” Select “Microsoft Word Document” as the text format.

Step 3

Click “Settings” to specify how the file should be converted. Under “Layout Settings,” choose “Retain Flowing Text” if you have several columns, as it will preserve the flow of text and allow you to edit more easily in Word. Otherwise, select “Retain Page Layout” to preserve the layout of the PDF document. Specify any other necessary options and click “OK.”

Step 4

Click “Save” to save it as a Word document.

Step 5

Open Microsoft Word. Click “File." (If using Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office icon button in the upper-left corner of the screen.) Choose "Open,” and select the Word document you just created.

Free Online Converters

Step 1

Go to the Nitro PDF Software site at This site allows you to create editable Word documents from PDF files. Click “Browse” to upload your PDF document, and select “.DOC” as the output format. Enter your email address and click “Convert.” The converted Word document will be sent to you via email. Open the new document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Go to PDF Online,, where you can convert a PDF document to Word and immediately download it. Click “Browse” to select your PDF file, then click “Upload and Convert.” Wait while the file converts, then right-click the displayed link to download the Word file. Open the downloaded file in Word.

Step 3

Log on to Zamzar at to convert multiple file formats. Click “Browse” to upload your PDF file. In the “Convert File to” menu, select “doc.” Enter your email address and click “Convert.” Once the file arrives via email, download it to your hard drive and open it in Word.