How to Convert PDF to Editable Word Document (Directly in MS Word)

You can convert PDF documents to Word docs directly in the MS word itself. No need to use external software or service. Here’re the steps.

Most online documents, be it financial or simple user guides, are in the form of PDF documents. In general, the PDF format is pretty versatile and user friendly. After all, you can open a PDF document directly in your web browser or using a dedicated lightweight application like Sumatra. That being said, unless the PDF creator intended to, most PDF documents are read-only. i.e, you cannot edit a PDF document in place in any way.

When you want to edit a PDF document, one of the easiest ways to do is to import and convert the PDF document to Word, make the required edits, and then convert it back to PDF.

Not to mention, there might be any number of other situations where you need to convert PDF to Word. For example, to rectify mistakes in study guides, to create a fully editable copy of a PDF document, to change PDF document’s alignment, etc. No matter the reason, the MS Word lets you convert PDF to Word with just a few clicks. When using the built-in MS Word options, there is no need to use any third-party software or web service.

In the quick and simple guide, let me show how to import PDF documents in MS Word and then convert PDF to Word document.

Steps to Convert PDF to Word in Microsoft Word

To convert pdf to word, all you have to do is open the PDF document in MS word. Once you do that, MS Word will automatically import and convert the PDF document. Since the file is being converted from pdf to docx in Windows, you can edit it as needed. Here are the steps you should follow.

  1. First, open the Word application on your computer. You can do that by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. After opening the Word program, click on “Open”.
  3. Select the “This PC” option in the middle panel.
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  4. Now select the PDF file in the Browse window and click “Open”.
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  5. Click “Ok” in the information window.
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  6. As soon as you click the button, the PDF file is imported and converted to Word file.

One of the good things is that when you open a PDF file with Word, it tries to preserve the actual PDF content layout as much as possible. This means that you shouldn’t have any difficulty when it comes to content management and its layout. Since the Word copy is editable, you can make any required changes and then save it as a word document or export it to PDF or other formats as needed.

Note: I’ve shown the whole procedure in Word 2019. That being said, the steps shown above will work in Word 2016 and 365 too.

That is all. It is that simple to convert PDF to Word in Windows 10 without using any third-party software or web service.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to download office 2019, office 365, and office 2016 ISO offline installer.

2 thoughts on “How to Convert PDF to Editable Word Document (Directly in MS Word)”

  1. Avatar for Kaustubh

    When i was converting PDF to Word it gived me a error that ‘Sorry we could’nt convert this PDF’ so what should i do.

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      That might be a problem with that specific PDF file. Generally, this might happen when the PDF file is digitally signed, has special fonts, custom/complexs layout, etc. In those cases, In those cases, I recommend you use Adobe Acrobat to re-save the file and try again in Word or export it from there.

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