Converting With Microsoft Word
Step 2 — Locate the PDF file you want to convert. You can either search for it by name or navigate to the location where it’s stored and browse for it. Once selected, click Open.
Step 3 — That’s it! Word will try to automatically convert the content of your PDF to a new Word file. Of course, the formatting doesn’t always line up and the text may not be exact. If you have Acrobat or don’t mind trying a web-based converter, we suggest trying another option if the formatting is unusable. After all, other solutions may be more accurate.
Converting with Adobe AcrobatNote: You’ll need the paid version of Acrobat to use this method. Adobe currently offers a free, seven-day trial of Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud (DC), which you can use for one-time conversions. If you need to make conversions on a regular basis, however, you’ll want to pay for the full version, which runs $13 a month with an annual commitment.
Step 1 — Open the PDF you’d like to convert in Adobe Acrobat. Depending on your preferences, PDF files may automatically open in Acrobat.
Step 2 — In the right-hand pane, look for Export PDF. Click it.
Step 3 — Click on Microsoft Word, which will present you with format choices: Word 97-2003 (.doc) and Word 2013-2016 (.docx). If you go with a .docx file, you can hit the settings cog and set additional options, such as the ability to retain flowing text or the PDF format. Choose your ideal format and settings, and click the Export button.
Step 4 — Adobe will automatically run text recognition for any scanned text during this step. The text recognition doesn’t always work, but for most legible text, it’s an ideal solution. Keep in mind that you may need to do some quick reformatting in your new Word doc afterward.
Step 5 — Name your new Word file and save it in your desired location.