How to Edit a PDF Into Word

by Susan Reynolds

The only way you can edit a Portable Document Format (PDF) in Microsoft Word is to use a third party software program to transform it into a Word document. It works by reading the text in the PDF and extracting it to a Word file so that you can delete, edit and add text to the file. Some PDF documents are locked for editing, so you will not be able to turn these into Word documents.

Using the PDF Editing Software

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Browse for the PDF file you want to edit, and click on it.

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Click "Transform to Word" located on the upper right side of the menu. The file will automatically open your PDF document in Microsoft Word 2007 so that you can edit it just like any other Word document.

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Edit your document in Word. Use the editing tools in Word to edit, delete or add text. For example, cut text by highlighting and right-clicking on it. Then choose “Cut” to remove and “Paste” to insert or restore text.

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Use the Insert feature. Add page numbers by going to "Insert" and then clicking on "Page Numbers." Add a header by going to "Insert" and clicking on "Header." The Insert feature can also be used to add a Cover Page, Picture or Clip Art.

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Go to "File," select "Save As" and choose “PDF” from the drop-down menu. Give the file a name and hit “Publish.” The file will transform back into a PDF.

Tip

  • There are several other PDF editing software tools at Download.com

Warning

  • You should lock your PDF documents so that other people will not be able to edit them in Word.

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About the Author

Susan Reynolds has been a writer since 2008. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida and is a licensed real estate agent in Florida.

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