How to Convert a Nonprintable Adobe PDF to Word

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How to Convert a Nonprintable Adobe PDF to Word
Convert your nonprintable PDFs to Word for easier editing. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Creating nonprintable PDF files is a good idea if your organisation can't handle every person's printing requests or if you simply want to reduce the amount of paper waste your organisation generates. But just because your PDF files are nonprintable doesn't mean you can't convert them to Word documents. If you have Adobe Acrobat, you can export the PDF to a Word file, but if you're only using Adobe Reader to access PDFs, use a free online tool to convert the file to Word.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Reader

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Instructions

    Using Adobe Acrobat

  1. 1

    Open the Adobe Acrobat program. Click the "File" menu, select "Open," find the nonprintable file you would like to convert and open it.

  2. 2

    Click "File" again and then click "Export."

  3. 3

    Choose "Microsoft Word Document" and click "Export."

  4. 4

    Name the file and save it to a location of your choice.

    Using Adobe Reader

  1. 1

    Open your Adobe Reader program, click the "File" menu, click "Open," find the nonprintable file you would like to convert and open it.

  2. 2

    Click "File" again and select "Save a copy." Name the file and save it to a location of your choice. Remember where you saved it.

  3. 3

    Navigate to a free online PDF-converter website. Three options are pdftoword, freepdfconvert and convertpdftoword (See Resources). With some online converters, you have to enter your e-mail address. The converted Word file is sent as an attachment to your e-mail address.

  4. 4

    Click the option on the online converter website that allows you to search for your file. Double-click the nonprintable file once you find it. You see the file displayed on the online converter Web page.

  5. 5

    Click "Convert." The nonprintable PDF file is converted to a Word file; the Word file opens on your computer.

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