How to Convert PDF Files to Wordpad

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How to Convert PDF Files to Wordpad
Use Adobe Acrobat to convert PDFs. (holding laptop image by Adam Borkowski from

A Portable Document Format (PDF) file is a widely-used file format that preserves all document formatting you may have done in another program. It also makes it difficult for others users to edit the file. Virtually anyone can view a PDF document using the free Adobe Reader software. However, to create and manage PDF documents, you need Adobe Acrobat. Acrobat allows you to export a PDF file and convert it to another format, such as a Microsoft Word or Wordpad file.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat

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  1. 1

    Open a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

  2. 2

    Click the "File" menu and select "Export."

  3. 3

    Choose "Rich Text Format" as the text format in which you want to convert the document. Rich Text Format (RTF) is standard format for text document that contains rich formatting, such as fonts and font attributes. RTF files can be opened in WordPad.

  4. 4

    Click "Settings" to set the options for the conversion. For instance, under "Layout Settings," select "Retain Flowing Text" to preserve the text flow of a document. With this option, the layout of the document may not be preserved.

  5. 5

    Click "OK." Click "Save" to save the new RTF file.

  6. 6

    Open the RTF file in WordPad.

Tips and warnings

  • You also can choose to convert the file to a plain text file (TXT), another format that is compatible with WordPad.
  • Depending on the layout of the PDF file, some data or formatting may be lost when you make the conversion to WordPad. WordPad is a basic text editor that is not used for complex layouts.

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