How to Convert PDF to DOCX

The Microsoft Word file format, .docx, was designed by Microsoft as a default format for the Microsoft Office 2007 suite. However, despite the popularity and widespread adoption of Office 2007 applications, the .docx format provided numerous compatibility issues with previous Office versions from the very beginning.

PDF users, in particular, had a hard time finding a direct PDF to .docx converters. As a result, they had to resort to multi-step workarounds, converting PDF to .doc first and then re-saving the file from .doc to .docx.

Fortunately, with each succeeding version of Office since 2007, the format has gained better backwards compatibility. It is now a widely used default exporting and saving file format.

Moreover, you can now find PDF tools that serve as a direct PDF to docx converter. Here is how you can convert to docx from PDF by using PDF Converter Elite and Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro.

To convert a PDF to DOCX with PDF Converter Elite:

  • 1Open a PDF in PDF Converter Elite and click the Word icon in the toolbar menu. You can also choose PDF to Word conversion from the File menu.
  • 2Select the area of the PDF you wish to convert to .docx or fill in the Page Range field if you want to convert particular pages of a document. If you want to convert the whole document just click on Select All Pages, although that option is highlighted by default. By clicking on one of the selection options you will enable the Conversion Mode menu as well as the Convert button.
  • 3Click on the Convert button.

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pdf to docx conversion

To convert a PDF to DOCX with Adobe Acrobat:

  • 1Open the PDF file you wish to convert in Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro.
  • 2Select Save As Other... from the File menu and select Microsoft Word > Word Document.
Acrobat Save Word Document
  • 3In the next dialog, give your file a name and choose a location to save your file.
  • 4To apply additional settings to your conversion, click on the Settings... button.
Acrobat Save As Docx
  • 5Select your .Docx conversion options and click on OK. Then continue your conversion by clicking on the Save button.
Save As Docx Options

Acrobat’s PDF to .docx conversion options may be a bit limiting if you need more precise control over your conversion. For such cases, you can find other PDF to Docx converters that come with more capabilities like tweaking the appearance of your text or transferring textual data into text boxes or frames. So before settling on any one tool, find out what PDF to Word conversion options are available.