How to open a PDF in Word.

Discover two simple options for opening a PDF file in Word so you can edit or make changes to the document.

Within any business, it’s not uncommon to have different types of file formats for your documents. Generally speaking, many programs have the capability to open and view files in non-native formats. However, in cases where you want to edit, you may need to convert file formats in order to be able to. If you want to open a PDF file in Word so you can edit, first you’ll need to convert it to a Word document.

Open and edit PDFs in Word.

The simplest way to convert a PDF to a Word document is to use an online tool. Then you can open the new document format in Word, where you can make edits. Alternatively, you can open Word and it will automatically prompt you through a conversion when you attempt to open any file with a PDF format. Here’s how to open a PDF in Word:

  1. Open Word.
  2. Tap the Open icon in the left-hand toolbar or navigate to the top of the screen and select Open from the drop-down menu.
  3. Find and select your PDF. Tap Open.
  4. If this is your first time opening a PDF in Word, a dialog box may appear requesting permission to convert the file. Select OK to allow.

Once the conversion is complete, you can freely edit the new document. Keep in mind, though, that whichever method you use, the conversion from a PDF to Word format works best with text-based files. Word will attempt to match the original font, layout, and other specifications as closely as possible, but sometimes graphics can become skewed or even uneditable in the new document.

When you’re finished viewing and editing, make sure to save. This will save the document in the new Word format — meaning you’ll still have the original PDF saved as well for future reference.

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