How to edit a PDF file in Microsoft Word.

If you don’t have PDF editing software, there’s no need to worry. Learn how you can edit PDF files in Microsoft Word.

You’ve received a PDF document that you need to edit, but your computer doesn’t have PDF editing software. What can you do? Good news — you may be able to edit PDF documents with Microsoft Word.

Read on to learn how to edit a PDF file in Word.

Import your PDF document into Word.

Word isn’t designed to edit PDFs, but it supports opening certain PDF files. To open a PDF document in Word, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Word.
  2. Select File > Open.
  3. Locate your PDF file with the file browser and select Open.
  4. Select OK when Word tells you it’s going to import your file.

Word will convert the PDF document into a format it can display and edit. However, this may cause issues with the document’s formatting and pictures. As a result, the PDF file may not display correctly in Word.

Use dedicated PDF editing software.

Instead of relying on Word, it’s better to edit your PDF documents with a purpose-built PDF editing software, like Adobe Acrobat. It ensures your PDF will look right and that you can save all changes correctly. If you’re using a computer without Acrobat, you can also add comments and text with the Edit PDF tool in Acrobat online services.

Discover what more you can do with Acrobat to edit, convert, and share PDF documents.