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How to Open PDF in Word

How to Open PDF in Word

Quickly Open and Edit a PDF File in Microsoft Word

Trying to View PDF in Microsoft Word? With Word 2013 and later, including Microsoft 365, you can easily open PDFs directly! Once you open the PDF in Word, it will be converted into a document that you can edit. If you’re using an older version of Word, you’ll need to use an online converter or additional software to convert the PDF to a Word document. This wikiHow teaches you how to open a PDF in Microsoft Word for editing on your PC or Mac.

[Edit]things you should know

  • In the latest versions of Word, including Word 2021, 2019, 2016, and 2013, you can open a PDF and edit the text.
  • In Word 2010 and earlier, you will need to use a third party PDF to Word converter to create a Word document.
  • One of the best PDF to Word converters is Adobe Acrobat’s free online tool.


[Edit]Word 2013 and later

  1. Open Microsoft Word on your PC or Mac. This method uses Word to convert the PDF to a Word document.
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    • If you’re using Windows, you’ll find Microsoft Word in the Start menu. On Mac, it will be in your Applications folder.
    • This method will work in any modern version of Word from Word 2013 to Microsoft Office 365.
  2. Click. It’s an option in the left menu. A new page will appear with a list of files.
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  3. Click on File Source. If the PDF file is on your computer, click Computer, If the PDF file is on a flash drive or other external drive, click that drive.
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  4. Select PDF document. Find and open the PDF file from its location on your computer.
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    • In later versions of Word, file navigation is done within the Word app rather than through the File dialog window. Clicking on PDF will open it immediately.
  5. Click or in the dialog box. After opening the PDF, you will be informed that the process may take some time to complete. The process will take longer depending on the size of the PDF file and the number of graphics in the file.
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    • Be aware that if you have a lot of images in a PDF, there is a possibility that Word will not be able to format the document properly. It will still open, but it might not look the same.
  6. enable editing. If you downloaded the file from the web, you may be informed that editing is not enabled. This is a security measure that Word takes to prevent your computer from getting infected by viruses.
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    • If you trust the source, click File in the upper-left corner of the window, then click enable editing in the yellow box.
  7. Edit document. You can start editing the document just like any other Word document. You are ready to cut some words or remove blank pages.
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    • When you’re done, you can export the document as PDF:
      • Click file tab.
      • Click export in the left menu.
      • Click Create PDF/XPS Document,

[Edit]Word 2010 and earlier (Adobe Acrobat Online)

  1. Go to Adobe Acrobat Online. This is Adobe’s free online tool for editing PDFs. You’ll need to create an Adobe account if you don’t already have one. Here is the link to the home page:
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    • https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/home/
    • Converting a PDF to a Word document is a great way to check its word count or create a template from a PDF.
  2. Click. It’s in the menu bar at the top of the page.
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  3. Click. It has a blue page mark.
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  4. Upload the file to the converter. to do this:
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    • Click add a file from your device,
    • Select PDF and click open,
  5. Click. It will convert PDF file to Word document. It will open in the online editor.
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    • You can click the drop down menu under “Export as” to change the file type to .doc or .rtf.
  6. Download the converted file. to do this:
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    • Click download file button. It’s the down arrow icon in the upper-right corner of the online editor menu.
    • Select a file location and click save,
  7. Double-click the downloaded file to open it. This will open the converted Word document in Microsoft Word. Done!
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[Edit]Word 2010 and earlier (Adobe Acrobat Desktop App)

  1. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat costs money, but you can avoid it by downloading the free trial. You can also use Adobe’s free online converter using the above method.
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    • Get Adobe Acrobat Reader at https://www.adobe.com/acrobat.html. Adobe created PDF so you can get the best out of PDF tools.[1][2]
    • You will need to enter some information like your name and email. Be sure to uncheck the option that says Notify you about new Adobe products and information via email.
    • Alternatively, there may be an extension you can use within Microsoft Word that will allow you to edit the PDF.[3][4]
  2. Open Acrobat Reader. If you’re a Mac or PC user, the process is slightly different.
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    • For PC Users:Click the key, type “Acrobat Reader,” then press .
    • For Mac users:Open Finder from your Dashboard, search for “Acrobat Reader” in the search box, then open the program.
  3. Upload a document. To convert a PDF document, you must first open a PDF document in Acrobat Reader.
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    • Click file Tab in Adobe Acrobat.
    • Click open and select PDF.
  4. Convert the document. This will create a Word document from your PDF document.
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    • Click the “Export PDF” button on the right side of the window.
    • Select your version of Word,
    • Click export button.
    • Name the converted file and choose DOC or DOCX in the file options.
    • Click save, Done!
  5. Open your new Word document. Find and open the newly created Word document from wherever you’ve decided to save it.
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  • Make sure you convert to the correct Word format for your computer. Older Word files (before 2007) are generally in DOC format, while newer ones are in DOCX.

[Edit]Related wikiHows

  • Find a word or phrase in a PDF document
  • Convert PDF to Word Document
  • Create a PDF File with OpenOffice


  1. https://www.adobe.com/in/acrobat/online/word-to-pdf.html
  2. [v161101_b01], 31 July 2019.
  3. https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/office/save-or-convert-to-pdf-or-xps-in-office-desktop-apps-d85416c5-7d77-4fd6-a216-6f4bf7c7c110
  4. [v161101_b01], 31 July 2019.


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