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How to perform PDF to Word DOC conversion

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the universally accepted format for sharing documents. This format preserves the layout of the document and blocks unwanted editing attempts on it. So it is the most secure and reliable format for information sharing. PDF documents can be accessed and used with any software, hardware and operating system. One can access and read documents in this format simply by installing free Adobe Reader. However, when it comes to the convenience of editing, MS Word is preferred over PDF format by most of the people. As Adobe editing tools are costlier, complex and less popular, people usually prefer to convert PDF documents to Word so that they can be edited easily.

Conversion of Word Documents to PDF Format

Traditionally, Microsoft has not been offering any tools for the conversion of Word documents to PDF or vice versa till MS Word 2013. So, many professional third-party tools are available for this purpose. They mainly fall into two categories: desktop converters and online converters. 
If you install a desktop converter on your system, you can perform the PDF to Word conversion locally without any privacy concerns. The conversion is usually quick. In online converters, you need to upload the PDF document and download the Word document after the conversion (or receive it by email). The speed depends on the tool you are using. Before choosing any of these tools, you need to check the quality of the resulting PDF documents. You also need to check if the resulting Word document is editable. Other considerations are capabilities like text conversion, image conversion, table conversion, maximum files size permitted, OCR support and reliability. Read more :
Online converters are found to provide high quality Word documents compared to the desktop converters. However, uploading large documents may take a lot of time. Though many converters return the Word document quickly, one cannot guarantee it. Also, many users are concerned about the security of the documents that are uploaded. So, desktop converters are more secure, reliable and faster than the online ones. Almost all converters are good in conversion of the text content. Whether the output Word document is editable or not depends largely on the content of your PDF file. Other qualities like image conversion, table conversion, maximum files size permitted, and OCR support may vary according to the tool. 
Many PDF users conveniently use Google Docs to convert PDF documents to MS Word. In MS Word 2013, Microsoft itself has introduced a feature-PDF Reflow, to help users in the conversion of PDF documents to Word.

How to Convert PDF Documents to MS Word Using PDF Reflow of MS Word 2013?

PDF Reflow, introduced by Microsoft in Word 2013, lets you convert PDF documents to editable Word documents. In this, the Word makes a copy of the PDF document without altering the original PDF document.
Here is how you can convert PDF Documents to Word in MS Word 2013:
  1. Click File>Open.
  2. Choose the location of the PDF document; click Browse.
  3. Locate the PDF document; click Open.

Possible Issues in PDF to Word Conversion Using PDF Reflow

In conversion using PDF Reflow, the resulting Word document has the same reading order as the original PDF document. But the resulting Word document may not have page-to-page correspondence with the original PDF document. Sometimes pages might break in many places and paragraphs might split in to many.
PDF Reflow is highly reliable for the conversion of PDF documents with text content. Though you can try it for documents with charts, images and diagrams, likelihood of issues are there. Also, the resulting Word document may not be editable as the Word treats such pages as images.
If the Word fails to detect or recognize headings, foot notes etc. of the PDF, they will appear as regular text in the Word document. Other elements that will cause issues are: Tables with cell spacing, Page colors and page borders, Tracked changes, Frames, Footnotes, Endnotes, Audio, video, and PDF active elements, PDF bookmarks, PDF tags, PDF comments and Font effects.

Limitations of PDF Reflow

The main limitation is that PDF Reflow is available only with MS Word 2013 version.


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