How To: Transform PDF Files into Word Documents

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When it comes to file formats, Adobe’s PDF files are becoming the standard for safe reading and portability of documents. However, there are times when we really have to make edits to those documents, and making these documents from scratch not only ruin the authenticity of the file, but also don’t make legitimate documents. Here’s how you can transform PDF files into Word documents.

PDF Files into Word: Not So Easy the Other Way

Microsoft Word and its recent iterations have a handy way of converting Word documents into PDFs. You simply just click Save As, and you can convert your way from there. However, it’s not as easy if you want to convert PDFs into usable Word files.

  • This is why Adobe also has its own Edit PDF feature, which you can use provided you have an Adobe Account.
  • If you’re not so keen into purchasing a full account, however, there are other applications you can use to do the job. Here’s how to use two of them.

 Installing the Software

The best softwares available for tasks like these are UniPDF and Foxit Reader.

  • You can download Foxit Reader here.
  • You can also get UniPDF here.

Both softwares have easy to access interfaces that are extremely friendly to newcomers. If you’ve been around Adobe Reader, you will likely be familiar with much of these programs’ features. Of course, while we’re here for the feature to convert PDFs into Word documents, it does help a lot if you tour around the other features as well.

This is because it’s likely you’ll find a feature one product has that you like better in the other, and it’s wise you keep your preferred program for future use.

Now, onto the conversion:

 PDF Files Can Be More Useful Using Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a fairly sleek software designed to be a more portable version of Adobe Reader. While Adobe Reader does have the trademark features of Adobe such as adding signatures and trademarks, the Foxit Reader does have its own share of useful utilities. 

  1. Open the File

In order to save a PDF into a Word file, you first have to launch the Foxit Reader and open the PDF you want to convert. This is fairly straightforward.

  • You simply click Open, and you check if you want to get a PDF from Recent Documents (if you’ve used Foxit before), or from your Computer.
  • It also has a handy feature of opening from other places, such as your Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, and Alfresco. 
  1. Just Save As!

If you have the file loaded and ready, the next step is fairly simple. You just have to go to the File tab and, from the many features, select the “Save As” button.

  • You have to choose where you would want your file to be saved.
  • You should also enter an appropriate name for the converted text. It can be something related to the file, but it should separate itself from the PDF, just to make distinction easier.
  • Choose the TXT (*.txt) option from the drop down menu.

This extracts all the text the reader can find within the file and place it inside a new document. 

  1. Open the File in Word

After your file has been completely converted, you have to check if it’s conversion is accurate via Microsoft Word. This means you have to open Microsoft Word, or your chosen word processor.

In Word, you can open the converted file by clicking the File tab and selecting Open.

  • You can then browse the contents of your computer or storage to find the converted file.
  • If you can’t detect the file, you can select “All Files” via the drop down menu. This allows you to open any kind of file, provided it’s compatible with the word processor. 
  1. Fixing the Document

If you’ve opened the document, you can see that it is truly just a text file with the text from your chosen PDF file.

  • You have to check and fix the formatting of your text document. This boils down to choosing the appropriate fonts, font sizes, and other options.
  • You may have to manually format the text, too, including properly separating the paragraphs to a format you prefer.

If you’re done, you can save it like any regular Word file. In MS Word, you can do this by selecting File and then Save As a Word format (meaning, .docx, or the older .doc).

 Transform Word Documents Using UniPDF

UniPDF is a great software if you want to actually convert multiple PDFs into text files at once. Before we go through the process of using UniPDF to convert your files, you first open the software.

  1. Fix the Settings First

You may notice that UniPDF is a much more simple program in terms of layout. However, it packs serious settings that need configuration if you need to make the most out of the software.

First, choose the place where you want to save your converted files. This is what is called its Save Path.

  • You can also modify the kind of document the converted files will become.
  • There are options such as a typical Word format or .doc, or the rich text format or .rtf.
  • When you’re done, click Save so you’re ready to go.
  1. Select the Files

By the time you go back to UniPDF’s main screen, you are likely to see a wide variety of options. However, don’t fret as they’re fairly easy to understand.

  • Click the Add feature first around the bottom left of the layout.
  • Another alternative is to drag your files to the screen to start converting them.
  • Interestingly, there’s the option of converting either the full document or some pages in the document. This is handy, especially if you only need to modify some pages.

If you choose the above option, you can go to the Selected Pages tab and choose the range of pages you want.

  1. Convert Away!

The good thing about UniPDF is that you have other options aside from the Word document format. Should you have the need to convert the PDF into other files, UniPDF is your friend.

UniPDF can actually convert PDFs into text, images, and other Word formats.

HTML is also another possible conversion!

Once you select your option, click the Convert button. Its default format is the Word document.


Thanks to the tips above, you will now be capable of converting PDF files into Word files you can use and edit on the go. This is extremely useful especially if you have forms that need printing and dispersal, or if you have documents that need editing.