How to Convert PDF to ODT

Of all the alternative document processing suites to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org is by far one of the most popular. Its open source nature offers a more customized and flexible user experience with convenient add-ons developed by a large community of dedicated users.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that PDF files are often converted into the Writer (.odt) format as well. You can do two things to convert your PDF to OpenOffice document formats. One basic way is to copy the material from your PDF file and paste it into a new Writer document. Another is to export and save your PDF document in MS Word format and re-save it as an .ODT Writer file. Take a look.


To Convert PDF to ODT in Adobe Reader 11:

  • 1Open the PDF document you wish to convert in Adobe Reader 11.
  • 2Make your selection of all images and text by going into the Edit menu and selecting Copy File to Clipboard. This will copy the entire file to the clipboard.
Adobe Reader Copy File
  • 3Next, open a new OpenOffice Writer document. Then choose Paste from the Edit menu and save your file under a new name.
OpenOffice Paste Option

To Convert PDF to ODT in Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro:

  • 1In Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro, open your PDF.
  • 2Click on File > Save As Other… > Microsoft Word > Word Document and save your file.
Acrobat Save Word Document
  • 4From the File menu, select Open. Among the supported file extensions, choose either Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (*.doc) or Microsoft Word 2007 XML (*.docx;*.docm), depending on your format. For this tutorial, our format was .docx.
Select File Type
  • 5Click on Open.
  • 6Once your file is opened re-save the file as an ODF Text Document (.odt) (*.odt) format.
Save Docx To ODT

Your PDF content will then be saved in the OpenOfficer Writer file format. Of course, for more convenience, there are PDF tools that can convert PDF to ODT directly. Using one can save you the hassle of having to re-save your content from .docx to .odt and help your PDF conversion go more smoothly.