A few months ago I shared some methods on how to convert files to PDF format (typically word documents). While some of the methods described can be pretty much reversed to convert PDF files to word format I thought I’ll cover a specific post on how to do this. There are numerous reasons why someone would want to convert a PDF file to word format. Typically, it maybe for compatibility (word documents are generally more compatible than PDF files) or for extensive editing (PDF files can be directly edited extensively as well but requires separate dedicated tools) among other reasons.
Whatever the reason maybe, there are several ways to do this. You can use a third party application or a web based tool:
This is a simple, nifty web based tool that lets you convert PDF files to word documents ‘on-the-fly’. All you need to do is upload the word document and click ‘upload and convert’. Depending on the size of the file and the speed of your internet connection the conversion process can vary. Once it’s complete, the file can be downloaded as a zip file and extracted and opened.
At times, the converter may be buggy and convert text in an apparently encoded format. If this is the case you can try again or use another converter:
OpenOffice is virtually the best open source alternative to Microsoft Office. OpenOffice accommodates extensions to extend its functionality. It also contains an extension to convert PDF files to a Word format. The Sun PDF Import Extension can be used to import PDF files and they can then be saves as a Word format.
Smartsoft’s PDF to Word converter is a free tool that lets you easily convert PDF files to different word formats. You simply browse for the PDF file, select which word format you’d like to convert to and convert the file. There are quite a few other desktop alternatives, most of them being trials, however there are a few totally free solutions as well.
Well there you have it. Those are some of the easiest and quickest ways to convert PDF files to Word documents. If you have any solution you think deserves a mention or if you need any assistance in using the tools mentioned above feel free to leave a comment.