How to Convert PDF Files to Visio

Written by matthew burley
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The PDF file format is frequently used by multiple Adobe products and can be helpful in generating text and image documents. Unfortunately, while there are many applications that can interpret the PDF format natively, it can be very difficult to edit these documents from some applications. Microsoft Visio is a drawing and diagramming program where someone may need to edit or import information from a PDF, yet it lacks PDF support. It is possible, however, to convert PDF files to the Visio format by first converting the file to DWG format.

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Things you need

  • E-mail address where you can receive attachments

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  1. 1

    Select the "Convert Data, Files Online Free: PDF, Word, Excel, Text, Images" link from the Resources section.

  2. 2

    Click the "Browser" button in the centre of the screen, then navigate to your file and click the "Open" button.

  3. 3

    Choose the "PDF to AutoCAD(dwg)" option.

  4. 4

    Enter your e-mail address and click the "Send" button.

  5. 5

    Open your e-mail account and download the attachment.

  6. 6

    Launch the Microsoft Visio application.

  7. 7

    Click the "Windows" button at the top left of the screen, then "Open" if you are using Visio 2007. For earlier versions, click "File," then "Open."

  8. 8

    Navigate to your downloaded DWG file and click "Open."

  9. 9

    Right-click on the DWG file on your screen and choose the "CAD Drawing Option," then click "Convert."

  10. 10

    Choose the layers that you wish to convert, then click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • It is necessary to first convert the PDF file to DWG format before being able to open the file in Visio.

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