How to convert PDF to Word?

Microsoft Word is the world’s most popular Word processing software you can use to create and edit documents on computer and mobile devices. PDF is the most user friendly file format to present and exchange documents independent of software, hardware or operating system. Microsoft Word’s native file formats are .doc and .docx. The .docx Word document format is newever. For greater compatibility, Microsoft Word also supports other output formats, such as PDF, XPS, HTM, HTML, RTF, TXT, XML and so on. You can use Word to create a PDF document directly or save existing Word document as a new copy in PDF format on computer. The Word for mobile phone has also added the PDF export support. Check out this guide to convert Word to PDF on Android phone, like Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Lenovo, Nexus, and this tutorial for iOS users to convert Word to PDF on iPhone iPad. However by converting Word to PDF, you will lose the ability to edit the documents. In this article, we will introduce you an easy way to batch convert PDF to Word document so you can open and edit it using Office Word software on computer or Word app on Android or iOS devices.

Part 1. Convert PDF to Word documents;
Part 2. Convert scanned PDF files to Word documents.

How to convert PDF to Word on computer?

First of all, download below PDF editor software on to your computer. It comes with both Windows and Mac OS X versions for your choice.

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PDF editor & converter for Windows

In this demo, we will use the PDF converter software on a Windows 10 PC to convert PDF documents to Word. Creating Word from PDF files on Mac involves a similar procedure. The appearance of its Mac version however may differ slightly. You can also refer to this guide to convert PDF to Word on Mac.

Run the PDF to Word converter software on Windows 10, you will get its main interface as shown in above screenshot.

You can find shortcuts to the main features from its home screen, such as Create PDF, Edit PDF Text, Combine PDF and Convert PDF. Click the Convert PDF icon from the upper right section to enter the PDF converting mode, you will open a new dialog to browse to the folder where the PDF document you want to convert is saved.

After that the Save As screen pops up where you can optionally choose a different location to save the output file, choose a file name for the output Word file, select Word File(.docx) from the Save Type drop-down menu list. Finally hit Save button to convert the selected PDF file to Word doc.

Convert multiple PDF to Word in batches

If you have a lot of PDF files need to convert, go back to the home screen of the PDF editor, select Batch Process from the right lower section. Click ‘Add PDF Files here‘, browse to the folder of the source PDF files and import them to the converter. Choose Word(*.docx) from the Output Format box, hit the Start button to start converting all imported PDF files to Word all at once.

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Steps to convert PDF to Word using the PDF converter

The PDF converting screen is very clean. You can follow these steps to convert PDF to Word from here:

  • Step 1. Click the “Add Files ….” button to add PDF files or PDF folder to the converter program;
  • Step 2. Choose Word (*.docx) as the output format if it was not selected by default;
  • Step 3. Optionally change or select pages you like to convert, by default all pages will be converted however you can specify only to convert certain pages or page range;
  • Step 4. Optionally choose a different output folder to save the converted Word documents;
  • Step 5. Click Convert button to convert PDF to Word on your computer using this PDF editor.

The PDF converter is very powerful and fast. You can add multiple PDF files and convert them to Word documents in batches. After conversion, open the specified output folder on your computer hard drive, you can find the exported Word documents from there.

How to Convert Scanned PDF Documents into Word Files?

With the recent technology, you can now scan papers to PDF using iPhone or other mobile phones. Need to convert scanned PDF to Word document? You need to enable OCR option from above screen before you can convert scanned PDF to Word. This option can be found before the output file format. It comes as a separate plugin. You will need to buy and install it separately. This PDF converter is equipped with the industry leading OCR technology which can convert scanned PDF to Word accurately. Converting scanned PDF documents into Microsoft Word files can make editing the document much easier.

Update Apr 2019: this post was originally published in Apr 2016 and has since been updated. In this update, the screenshots and instructions were updated to reflect the change of the latest PDF Element PDF editor.