How to Convert PDF to Publisher File

Microsoft Publisher is a flexible program with a wide variety of templates for creating different types of documents. It lets you create professional looking business cards, newsletters, posters, brochures, flyers, postcards, and calendars - and all for free.
Because this program is designed to create professional publications, it is only natural to use the PDF format when working with Microsoft Publisher as well.

When making edits to your publication, converting PDF to Publisher file is the first solution to come to mind. However, a converter for turning PDF to Publisher can be costly and hard to find.

The simplest trick to convert your PDF to Publisher file is to first convert your PDF file into Microsoft Word format and then convert that file into a new publication file or an existing Microsoft Publisher design template


In Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro:

  • 1Open or download the PDF file you wish to convert. Select Save As Other from the File menu and choose Word Document.
  • 2Choose where to save your file. Be sure to remember the name and location so you can locate it for the next step.
Acrobat Save As Word

To Convert your Content to a new Publisher Document:

  • Import your Microsoft Word file in Microsoft Publisher 2013 with the following steps.
  • 1Start the Microsoft Publisher program.
  • 2Select to create a new MS Publisher file by selecting a Blank template from the Microsoft Office Backstage view.
Publisher Blank Template Selection
  • 3With your new blank publication open, go to the Insert tab and click on Insert File.
Publisher Insert File Option
  • 4In the dialog that appears, browse for and select the MS Word document that was created from Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro in the first section.
  • 5Click on Open. Microsoft Publisher will then convert and place your content into the new Publisher document.
MS Publisher Converting File

To Convert and add your Content to an Existing MS Publisher Template or Publication:

  • 1In Microsoft Publisher 2013, click on the File tab.
  • 2Select New.
  • 3Choose your publication design, and then click Create.
Create Publisher Template
  • 4With your new design template open, click on the text box where you want your textual content inserted. Otherwise, a new text box will be created for your file content.
  • 5Go to the Insert tab and click on Insert File.
  • 6 n the dialog box, browse and locate the Word file you created in the first section. Click on OK. MS Publisher will then convert and place your content into the current publication.

Once you import your content, you can edit it in any way you need, whether it be editing text, rearranging pages, or modifying layout.

As you can see, this method is a simple, quick way to get your PDF content into Microsoft Publisher. It does, however, require a couple of extra steps. If you want to avoid them though, there are PDF tools out there that can convert PDF to Publisher directly. A dedicated converter can keep the layout, graphics and text intact, which may be the better option for more complex PDF content.