How to Open PDF in Word with Ease

Last updated on January 22, 2019 by JoKelly

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How to Open PDF in Word with Ease

PDFs are an easy way to distribute content to different parties. While they can be viewed by anyone with a PDF viewer, editing them can be quite difficult. All is not lost, however, since you can open PDF files in a Word document. Doing so makes it easier to make changes before distributing the actual document.

How to open PDF document in Word

If you’ve always wanted to know how to open PDF in Word to edit it, this guide will show you the way. However, it’s important to address some limitations first. Opening up a PDF using Microsoft Word is only supported in the following versions: Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013. In case you don’t have any of those versions, you can get a Microsoft account – at no cost – so you can use their free online Microsoft Word. Since PDFs and DOCs are two different file types, here’s how the process works: Word will make a copy of the PDF you want to convert. It will try to match the layout of the source document in the copy. Note that not everything will be converted as is; some elements such as page colors, tables with cell spacing, frames, endnotes, PDF tags, and font effects don’t translate well. In other words, you can get the best results if you are converting documents that are mostly text. If you don’t mind the inconveniences, the following steps will teach you how to open PDF in Word.

Step1 Open the PDF file in Microsoft Word

Simply click on File > Open. You may have to use Browse to find the document. If using Microsoft Word Online, upload your file to “OneDrive.” Then, click on it to view. Next, click on “Open” on the top right portion. After that, select “Open in Word Online.”

open in word online

Step2 Convert your PDF file to Word

Word Online informs you that it’s going to make a copy of your PDF so you can edit it. click on Convert to proceed. Word Online also informs you that some layout changes may have occurred during the conversion process. Word informs you that it is going to make a copy of your PDF before converting it into Word format.

Step3 View your PDF file

Then, you can click on “View” to see those changes or you can choose Edit to proceed with making changes. Your original PDF is safe and will remain unaltered. Lastly, select “Ok.”

click to view your file

How to open and edit PDF in Word with ease

If you don’t have a Microsoft account or don’t have any Microsoft products in your computer, your best option on how to open and edit a PDF in Word is through the use of an online converter. You’ll still end up with a Word document converted from a PDF file but the process will be stress-free. Bear in mind that you will need a stable internet connection and a browser (any will do). The best part is that you can do this from any operating system, be it Mac or Windows, and not need additional tools. All that said, here’s how to open and edit a PDF in Word using an online converter. In this case, we are using Acethinker Free Online PDF to Word.

Step1 Visit Acethinker Free Online PDF to Word site

Go to this specific URL on Acethinker’s site for converting PDF to Word.

free pdf to word converter

Step2 Drag the file to convert and choose a PDF on your Drive

Drag the PDF you want to convert into the Converter or click on choose file to find the PDF on your drive.

add pdf file to convert

Step3 Upload your PDf to convert

Wait until Acethinker finishes uploading your PDF and converts it.

upload pdf file to convert

Step4 Download to convert the PDF file

Download the converted PDF file, which is now in Word format, to your computer.

download word file

Although this method involves just as many steps as the first one, this one is more stress-free since you don’t need additional tools to complete a conversion. Then again, you do need a stable connection to make sure the conversion goes smoothly.


The methods presented here showed you the different ways on how to open a PDF file in Word. While both methods don’t require too much effort to execute, you might find one method more preferable over the other. If you already have a version of Microsoft Word on your computer that can support PDF conversion, then the first method works fine for you. Otherwise, you can always turn to the second method which just requires you to go to a specific URL, upload a file, and wait for it to convert. And you can even use the second method even if you have Word on your computer.

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