How to Open a PDF File in Word

By Amy Dombrower

Portable Document Format (PDF) files cannot be edited easily using PDF software, which is why PDF is commonly used as a final, published version of a document. If you want to be able to freely edit text in a PDF, you might try opening the PDF file in Microsoft Word. Word doesn't read PDF documents, however, so you first need to convert the PDF into a Word document (.doc). Convert the file for free using an online conversion tool. Then you'll be able to open and edit the file in Word.

Step 1

Navigate to a PDF-to-Word conversion website of your choice. See Resources for three options.

Step 2

Click "Browse" to select a PDF file from your computer. Click "Open."

Step 3

Select .doc as the output file type. This is the native file format for Word documents, so you can be sure the file will open in Word.

Step 4

Enter your email address if the site requires it. Both Zamzar and NitroPDF converters send you the converted file via email.

Step 5

Click the "Convert" button.

Step 6

Retrieve the converted Word document---either from your email or by downloading it directly from the conversion site.

Step 7

Download the file to your hard drive. It's a good idea to put it on your desktop or in a folder that is easy to find.

Step 8

Start Microsoft Word and open your newly converted file.