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gHeadSo you don’t want to spring for Adobe Acrobat Pro? I can empathize as it is really expensive and in today’s economy we shouldn’t be spending money when we don’t have to. What do you do when you need to create a PDF or convert a PDF to word document?

That is why I am about to show you a free application that will allow you to create PDF’s right from your Microsoft application. As an added bonus this will also allow you to convert any PDF or XPS file to an editable Microsoft Word document.

The conversions seem really fast. The only downside I see is the HUGE 120MB download. It seems that the application is so big because they bundle a trial version of their Fusion application which is a PDF viewer. You do NOT need to use this).

Let us take a look at the application. There is a 32 bit and 64 bit version and it is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. Go here to grab the download.  Then after the download, the applications will install. Make sure you close your browser and any Open Office applications.

During the install you will see this:


how to convert a PDF to word

Leave it as it is to run with the free gDoc version and Fusion in evaluation mode. Next you need to decide what you want to do. I would uncheck the box next to the middle two options as to not bring in the evaluation version of their viewer into play. But that is your call and can be dealt with later on.

how to convert a PDF to word

I received a message that the printer could not be installed during the installation but I continued on. The installation will complete and you will see this:

how to convert a PDF to word

This is the screen we use to convert a PDF or XPS file to Word, Excel or PowerPoint. For PDF creation we have a much easier method that we will show you. Select what you want to convert to then drag the PDF or XPS file and drop it on the window.

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The file will start converting as soon as you drop it and the output will go to the same folder the original is in. The result is a FULLY EDITABLE WORD DOCUMENT! Whooo Hooo!

Next up we will see how to convert an Office document to a PDF or XPS document. Simply open the file in the application you created it in. We will use Word for our example.

Once you have the document open in Word, hit File – Print or Control and P.

convert pdf to word free

Select the gDoc PDF creator or gDoc XPS creator and the wizard will do the rest!

convert pdf to word free

Select where you want the output to go. Hit save and watch the quick fast magic! It will print to the converter and you will have your converted PDF. How awesome is that for free?

When your conversions are done it will attempt to open the file in its Fusion application even if you unchecked the box during setup. To make this stop happening we only found one method and that is to delete the fusion executable. So instead you will see an error that the file could not be found. If you have another method to prevent Fusion from popping up after the conversion is done we would love to know!

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  1. galesl
    December 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Some important questions:
    When this program converts from PDF to Word, does it do OCR?
    And does it work on PDF documents in other languages?

  2. jason
    December 11, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Can this product produce a PDF form, if not does anybody know of any good free product to produce a pdf form for my customers to fill out.

  3. KK
    December 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    dopdf is even better. Small, nagfree and doesn't require 3party installers like .net or ghostscript. Integrates well with any apps.

  4. Phil
    December 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Anyone know how to automatically download a website in word format? There are bookmaklets for downloading websites as pdf but non for word that I know, wich is a highly more editable format

    • Scott
      December 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      I think you mean a web page ? If I want to open a web page in word I open it in my browser then pres Ctrl + A to hight light it then press Ctrl C to copy it then paste it into a blank Word Document

      • Phil
        December 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm

        Thanks for your answer. That´s what I do... but maybe it could be more automated...
        too lazy? uh

  5. pthesis
    December 10, 2009 at 8:17 am

    A service I recently used to convert from PDF to DOC was Free PDF Convert. The PDF had bullet points and lists and the site did a pretty good job with it. It lets you download the file after the conversion and you can have it e-mailed to you.

  6. Anarm
    December 10, 2009 at 8:06 am

    gDoc or Bullzip, which is better?

  7. D. A. Gates
    December 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

    To conver to PDF, I use CutePDF. It installs as a printer driver like gDoc, but it's small and nag-free.