How to Convert a PDF to a Word Document


This wikiHow teaches you how to convert a PDF document into an editable Microsoft Word document using Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Keep in mind that, in order to turn your PDF document into a coherent Word file, the PDF must have originally come from a text-based document, though you may be able to convert a scanned document into a Word document in some cases. Converting PDF files to Word files often changes the formatting and placement of the file text.

Part 1
Using Google Docs

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Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open your Google Docs page if you're logged into your Google Account. If you aren't logged in, enter your email address and password when prompted. You may first have to click Go to Google Docs in the middle of the page. One caveat of using Google Docs to convert your PDF is that Google Docs will not preserve any of the PDF's photos.

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Depending on your settings, it's either in the top-right side of the page under the Template Gallery or just under your profile picture.

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It's in the top-right corner of the "Open a file" window.

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It's the blue button in the center of the window.

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This will upload the PDF file to your Google Drive and opens a preview once it has finished uploading.

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It's at the top of the PDF window. A drop-down menu will appear. If you don't see the Open with drop-down box, move your mouse to the top of the window.

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This option is in the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the PDF as a Google Doc file. If you don't see Google Docs as an option in the drop-down menu, you can add it: click Connect more apps in the drop-down menu, search for google docs, and click ➕ CONNECT to the right of the Google Docs option.

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This will allow you to download the Microsoft Word version of the PDF onto your computer: Click File in the upper-left side of the Google Docs page. Select Download as in the resulting drop-down menu. Click Microsoft Word (.docx) in the pop-out menu. Select a save location and/or click Save if prompted.

Part 2
Using Microsoft Word

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Go to the location of the PDF on your computer.

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Doing so will prompt a drop-down menu. On a Mac, just click the PDF once and then click File in the top-left corner of the screen.

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It's near the top of the right-click drop-down menu. A pop-out list will appear. On a Mac, you'll find this option near the top of the File drop-down menu.

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This option is in the pop-out list. On a Mac, you may click Microsoft Word here.

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This will allow Microsoft Word to open the PDF as a Word document. If you downloaded the PDF from online, you'll need to click Enable Editing at the top of the window and then click OK again before proceeding.

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As with any PDF conversion, the converted document may not have perfect page to page correspondence due to line breaks, page breaks, graphics, and so on; as such, some manual adjustment may be necessary.

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Once you're ready to save the converted file as its own Word document, do the following: Windows — Click File, click Save As, double-click This PC, enter a file name, select a save location on the left side of the window, and click Save. Mac — Click File, click Save As, enter a name, select a file location, and click Save.

Part 3
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro

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Click or double-click the Adobe Acrobat app icon, which resembles the red Adobe logo.

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It's in the top-left corner of the window (Windows) or the screen (Mac). Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.

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This option is in the drop-down menu.

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Go to the location of the PDF on your computer, then click the PDF to select it.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Your PDF will open in Adobe Acrobat.

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The drop-down menu will reappear.

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It's in the File drop-down menu. Doing so prompts a pop-out menu.

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This option is in the pop-out menu. Another pop-out menu will appear next to the current one.[1]

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It's in the final pop-out menu. Doing so will open a File Explorer (Windows) or a Finder (Mac) window in which to save your document.

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Click a save location on the left side of the window (or, if you're on a Mac, in the "Where" drop-down box if present), then click Save at the bottom of the window.