How to Convert PDF Files to Visio

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

Open your e-mail account and download the attachment.

Launch the Microsoft Visio application.

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."

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

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

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


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

Things You'll Need

  • E-mail address where you can receive attachments
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Matthew Burley has been a writer of online content since 2005. You can view many of his articles on Burley holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State and a Master of Science in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.