There’s a lot to love about PDFs – they’re compatible with almost any system, they don’t take up a lot of space, and they can’t be easily edited or changed. This is great when you’re trying to send out a form or rules for a game, but sometimes you really need to make a few changes without going back to the source document. Thankfully, there are a couple of easy ways to convert your PDFs into easy to update word documents before saving and redistributing them.

With Adobe Acrobat

*Note: you’ll need the paid version of Acrobat to use this method. They offer a free 30-day trial of the software, but if you need to make the conversion on a regular basis, you’ll want to pay for the full version or read below for other options.

  • Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Under the Tools menu, hover over Content Editing, then select Convert File to Microsoft Word Document.
  • If your PDF contains scanned text, instead of text you can highlight and copy, turn off Optical Character Recognition under settings if you want it to skip over the scanned text.
  • Pick a name and save location for your file, and hit save.

Without Adobe Acrobat

  • Some PDF to TXT Converter is a light tool which preserves text and layout while supporting drag and drop, batch conversion and encrypted pdf files.
  • Free OCR is a good scan and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program which lets you extract text from scanned PDF documents. Moreover, images from scanned PDF documents can be selected and placed on the clipboard. (Note: The online installer may offer third-party software during installation. Click the “Decline” button to reject the offer you may not need then the “next” button to continue with the setup. See Installer Warning) For an online OCR solution, try
  • Go to and select one or several files that you want to convert to word.
  • For mac os users you can download a free tool from iSkysoft
  • Sample softwares to convert PDF to other format:-