Convert a PDF File and Edit in Microsoft Word

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 5, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word®  2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)

You can convert a PDF (Portable Document Format) file to an editable Word document natively. If you have Microsoft Word 2013 or a later version, you can convert a PDF to Word with a couple of clicks. You don’t need Adobe Acrobat or a third party program using this method.

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Converting a PDF to Word

To convert a PDF to Word (natively using only Word):

  1. In Word, click the File tab in the Ribbon and select Open.
  2. Double-click This PC. A dialog box appears.
  3. Navigate to the location of the PDF file.
  4. Click the PDF file and click Open or double-click the file. The PDF file will open in Word and a dialog box appears indicating that reformatting may occur and line and page breaks may not appear as expected.
  5. Click OK.
  6. If the document opens in Protected View, click Enable Content and then click OK again.
  7. Reformat the document as necessary.

The following dialog box appears when you open a PDF and after enabling content:

Dialog box that appears when converting from PDF to Word.

Issues and limitations

Documents that were originally created in Microsoft Word and then saved as a PDF tend to convert fairly well.

Tables may not convert as expected and may need to be reformatted.

Documents that were scanned as a PDF will likely convert as an image, not an editable document.

Be sure to check for page breaks in the wrong location and to run a spell check.

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You can convert a PDF (Portable Document Format) file to an editable Word document natively. If you have Microsoft Word 2013 or a later version, you can convert a PDF to Word with a couple of clicks. You don't need Adobe Acrobat or a third party program using this method.
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