Convert PDF to Word
Three easy ways to convert a PDF to Word
It’s easy to convert a PDF file to Word format using Adobe Acrobat Pro, but not everyone will pay such a high price tag for occasional conversion tasks. Thankfully, there are some free conversion tools available, although there are some issues to consider with each. While the team at BrightBox Solutions and Help Desk Premier are not affiliated with or specifically endorsing the tools mentioned below, we do find them to be effective choices for the task at hand.
Keep in mind that not all PDF’s are created equal, and any conversion tool may have difficulty converting a PDF that was created by a scanner or contains intricate form data. Likewise, security restrictions on your form must be considered when attempting to convert a PDF.
With that said, here are some options we found to be effective in our tests:
1. PDF Online – PDF to Word Converter
However, we do recommend that you read their clearly posted Terms & Privacy statement.
In addition to this free tool, PDF Online offers a variety of PDF-related paid applications, such as batch conversion of PDF’s to Word, server applications for batch creation of PDF’s from Word documents or other formats, and a host of other products.
2. PDFtoWord.com (Online)
The website PDFtoWord.com is a completely free web-based PDF to Word converter. It is provided free as a promotional tool for the paid PDF converter from Nitro software.
The second privacy issue concerns the processing of the PDF document. Once uploaded, your PDF will be stored on Nitro’s servers for “a short time”. If your PDF file contains confidential material, you might want to give this method a miss.
3. Adobe ExportPDF (Windows/ Mac)
There’s hardly any truly free desktop PDF to Word conversion applications for Mac, which is surprising given that PDF printing is built-in to Mac OS X. Most of the applications you’ll find are only free for a limited time. Some imprint a watermark on the document or only partially convert the PDF.
Although not quite free, one of the most reliable and affordable options for converting PDF’s comes directly from the source – Adobe.
Adobe ExportPDF tool can be found here:
If you’ve found a great free PDF to Word converter for the Mac, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know your feedback in the comments below.
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