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Convert PDFs to Word docs on Mac.

There are many different ways to convert PDFs to nearly any document format in macOS. Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat online tools to convert PDFs to Microsoft Word format.

Can I turn a PDF into a Word document on Mac?

Yes. It’s quick and easy to convert from a PDF to a Word document with Adobe Acrobat online services. All you have to do is drag and drop your PDF and then download the converted Word file. You can convert PDF to Word in any web browser on any device. 

Why convert a PDF?

While the PDF is one of the most versatile document file formats out there, sometimes you need to switch to a different format, like a Word doc. It’s a common and necessary part of working. Here are some of the most common reasons to convert:


  • You need to make a high volume of text edits.
  • You are submitting a document through an automated tool that accepts only Microsoft formats (for example, job application sites sometimes require this).
  • You don’t have the source file and you need to reuse the information in a PDF.


Regardless of reason, converting to a Word document is easy and takes only a few seconds.

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How to convert a PDF File to a Microsoft Word document on a Mac.

From your Mac, it’s easy to convert a PDF into a Word doc. First, head to the PDF converter page. From there, follow these quick steps:

1. Click the Select a File button or drag and drop a PDF into the drop zone.

2. Select the PDF you want to convert to the DOCX file format.

3. Acrobat automatically converts the file from PDF to Word document.

4. Download the converted Word document or sign in to save it to Adobe Creative Cloud.      

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Common questions about PDF conversion.

How do I convert a PDF to Word without losing the formatting?

Acrobat online tools ensure that you don’t lose your formatting when moving from one file format to the other. With the online conversion tool, rich text, fonts, images and alignments will remain how you’re expecting them to look and the converted file is an editable Word document, so you can make any tweaks with no fuss afterward. You can also convert to other formats for Microsoft apps like Excel and PowerPoint.

What software do I need to convert from PDF to Word?

No additional software is required. Just open the online conversion tool in your Internet browser and let Acrobat handle the rest of the workflow. 

Will my converted Word document be secure?

Acrobat online tools secure and protect your information — your converted document is not saved unless you choose to create a cloud account, which is protected by advanced security measures.

What are some of the features of Acrobat Pro?

If you’re looking for more tools beyond conversion, try a 7-day free trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro. Acrobat Pro gives you the power to edit PDF documents, convert scanned documents to PDFs and run text recognition on your documents, merge and manage PDFs, request signatures and more.


If you have documents that need converting, Acrobat Pro can help — learn more and explore what you can get done.         

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