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Question of the week of 11/14/11 – convert a PDF file to Word

Question: How do I convert a PDF file to a Word document so someone can edit it?

Answer:  You have to have Adobe Acrobat installed (Adobe reader will not allow you to do this) on your computer and then with that document open, select File > Save as and select the file type Word document. You can also use the File > Export > Word Document. You may find, however, that it may not convert perfectly into Word. It is better to get the original source document before it was published as a PDF and then make your edits prior to converting or saving as PDF, to avoid any surprises. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat, that is the only way to do it unless you have a different PDF editor.


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