How to Convert PDF to an Editable Word Document [Windows]

Karl L. Gechlik 27-06-2009

This 2.2 MB file sure packs a wallop!


Have you ever had a PDF file that you needed to convert to an editable Word document? Your boss is yelling at you to copy and paste 500 pages from a PDF into a Word document and you are scared that you will have to type this whole document out – fear not MakeUseOf readers, we have a solution for you!

How about copying a block of text or a chart from a PDF to Word or another text editor?

I can assure you that it has been literally torture over the years. There have been a few costly programs that did what I wanted – but even then, it was not done well. I’ve searched for a lot of different programs that would let me convert PDF to an editable Word document in the past, read an older review here How To Convert PDF To Word. Get That Text Back! Read More .

Now, a free product comes moseying along and does the deed AND WELL!

Let’s take a look at AnyBizSoft’s PDF to Word Converter.

convert pdf to editable word document


You need to download the application and submit your email address to get a free registration code.

Without registering, the program will only convert 3 pages. So I gave in and gave them my address. I got an email back quickly with my registration code. Next, you will hit the Register button in the upper right-hand corner next to Help. Put in your email address and serial key. It will thank you for registering and then we can start converting!

Hit the Add PDF button in the middle of the window and point the program towards your PDF file that you want to convert to Microsoft Word. On the bottom of the window are your output settings. I set mine to a custom location but you can also have it save in the same folder as the source by checking the top box.



Once you select your PDF, all you have to do is hit the big blue Convert button. That will start your PDF processing. It took about 45 seconds to convert a 5-page PDF that was made up of shaded columns.


The program told me it was complete. I hit OK and the Microsoft Word document loaded.



The document was so on the money it was scary. Because of some graphics overlapped with lines, there was initially a spacing issue. That was easily corrected – because EVERYTHING WAS EDITABLE!
convert pdf to editable word file

Wow, this is simply awesome!

Do you have a favorite tool that you use for conversions like this? If so please share it with us in the comments!

Found this article interesting? Check out other articles discussing ways to convert PDFs to editable Word documents:


Convert That PDF To Word. Get That Text Back! How To Convert PDF To Word. Get That Text Back! Read More

PDFtoWord: Accurate PDF To Word Converter

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  1. Mary Soto
    April 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you for this useful and resourceful share. I specially enjoyed your step by step descriptions on how I can do it. Can't believe I didn't know this process until today. I believe there are many who would love this process as well. So far, I have been using Acethinker PDF Converter Lite. This is also a masterpiece when it comes to converting different types of files. It has a friendly and simple interface that converts your file like a pro.

  2. inkxa
    February 5, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    for Karl L.Gechlik
    ----this anybiz website seems risky.
    though ur article on FREE pdf to word doc converter is great.

  3. Tony Cutty
    January 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Looks like it's now a paid-for/trial version product, with no 'get keycode'. All good things....

  4. Mass
    December 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Tweak PDF To Word 3.0 is a little program to convert PDF to Word doc for easier editing. The converter enjoys an exact conversion with the output Word retaining intact of all the original features of the PDF, including layout, image positioning, text font, graphics, hyperlinks, etc.It batch converts PDF to doc format at a task, saving time. Password-protected PDF files can also be successfully convert to Word,
    Encrypted PDF files can be converted to Word, too.

    Free download and free trial PDF to word

  5. Amox
    October 20, 2009 at 2:21 am

    It's cool.Nemo PDF Converter 4.0 converts PDF to Word/RTF and Word/Excel to PDF for uses of different situations with speed and 100 accuracy. It keeps intact of the original files and supports batch conversion. You can either batch convert files from the converter or from the button integrated in your documents with ease. Moreover, its user-friendly interfaces will make you a veteran from a new user in minutes.

  6. Ron Harris
    August 6, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Can it convert back to PDF? I bought a program that does that, SmartPDfCreator, you can try at
    You can download the free version but I really need a professional tool so I decided to buy and it works great for me.

  7. EdZee
    July 21, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Just want to inform that AnyBizSoft sent me a key code so I could try the new version and it worked well now (last page also converted.

    O.T. - Sorry that 3 different images are appearing in my gravatars. I'm sort of experimenting on them.

    • Alen
      July 22, 2009 at 3:33 am

      I wonder why did they send you a key code?

      • EdZee
        July 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

        Maybe because of my finding on their software which I wrote above. They may want to show me that they have solved the bug I found.

  8. angelinajones
    July 21, 2009 at 3:57 am

    I upgrade to 2.0 with only $10.95 with the link bellow:

  9. Dan Boyd
    July 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    The version 1 of this program is GONE! All that I can find on site is the 2.0 version and it is $20... anybody have a copy of the 1.0 version?

  10. Giovanni Garinian
    July 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I forgot to say thanks, so Thanks a lot!

  11. Giovanni Garinian
    July 12, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Sorry guys, this is not related to the topic itself but i've to ask you something: What WP-Plugin or script are you using to have the Downloads and Related Posts Feature at the end of every post?? I think it's awesome and i wanted.

  12. YL
    July 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm


  13. jamessmith
    July 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Yep, online converters do a good job. However, they cannot convert encrypted PDF files.

  14. Red Gear
    July 3, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Is there any online conversion on internet?

  15. EdZee
    June 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Yes, I have restarted my PC and tried the software again but the last page is still missing. I believe this is really what you will get for the free edition. At least, you just have to retype the last page.:)

  16. EdZee
    June 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I downloaded the software and the keycode and tested the registered copy and found that the resulting Word document can be opened by my Open Office 2.4 but the last page is missing (not converted). I tested the software on a 4-page and an 11-page PDF documents and both have nothing on their last pages.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      June 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

      Thats better than others have seen with open office. Dare I say it - but have you rebooted?

  17. Arturas
    June 28, 2009 at 1:57 am

    well the problem is, that often it is needed to convert a scanned pdf ducument, so it would need text recognition and so far the best tool i have seen is ABBYY Finereader

  18. Minh
    June 27, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    i use online converters such as zamzar

    • VirginTech
      June 29, 2009 at 11:36 am

      Zamzar is really the best way for getting things done!
      Lots of conversion possible there for free!
      It really awesome.

  19. My-T-Man
    June 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Ditto to Salt's reply. No MS office won't install. I too use Open office as many others do.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      June 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

      Maybe there is a work around? Anybody get this to work without Office installed?

  20. Salt
    June 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Sadly, this requires MS Office for installation so it doesn't work for those of us who handle .doc files in OpenOffice.

    • Tim
      June 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      Bummer! It would be cool if Google Docs offered this type of tool.

  21. Tim
    June 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    You can always try a web-based solution. Either way, here's a [Broken Link Removed] .

  22. Tim
    June 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Good find! I've used Adobe Acrobat to do this at work but I know the price a program like that costs!