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Converting PDF files to Microsoft Word Files

Q: Do you know any web site where I can get a free program to convert a PDF file to Microsoft Word?

A: Adobe created its Portable Document Format (PDF) system to simplify exchanging documents. When viewed with Adobe’s free Reader software, PDF documents look the same on different computers: Their formatting doesn’t change.

But in order to keep PDF files from changing, Adobe locks them down, so you can’t edit them nor translate them easily into other formats. Some Web sites will do the trick for free, though, and these Web sites can both convert PDF files to Microsoft Word files:



These sites and others like them can’t remove passwords from protected PDF files, however.

I’ve never tried either site, but you’ll find similar sites on the Internet. Be sure to use them with PDFs that don’t contain any sensitive information.


Comment from static brain
Time January 24, 2011 at 3:05 am

I just tried ConvertPDFtoWord.net and it wouldn’t do anything. Just kept spinning. So I thought okay maybe that pdf was to big so i tried one that was only 24.6 kb and all it did that time was reload immediately with a link to download programs.

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time January 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

@static brain: Sorry to hear that ConvertPDFtoWord didn’t work for you. Did you try PDFtoWord? Maybe that will do the trick.

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