So you have a PDF document and you need to convert it to a Word document. You don’t have to purchase any software to do this.
NitroPDF offer a free online PDF to Word Converter at http://www.pdftoword.com.
As you can see from the screenshot above it is extremely simple to use. Just find the file you want to convert. Decide if you want it as a Word document or as Rich Text Format (RTF). Enter an email address that you want the file sending to and press Convert. The document will arrive a couple of minutes later in your inbox.
I found that during the conversion process all my styles that I had set up in the original document were lost. So don’t expect perfect formatting.
I did some testing on whether adding security to a PDF would allow the document to be converted. If the security is set to Changes Not Permitted then the document will not be converted at all.
NitroPDF also do a free PDF to Excel online converting service http://www.pdftoexcelonline.com.
I have been testing a number of free PDF converters to find one that will maintain all my embedded hyperlinks. By embedded hyperlinks I mean a link within text e.g. Help on Tap will contain a link with the full URL of my Virtual Assistance website. I want that to be clickable once the Word document is converted to a PDF.
I have now found the answer and it is using OpenOffice. OpenOffice is free opensource software that is available to download from www.openoffice.org.
As you can see from the image below, OpenOffice has a number of applications including Spreadsheet, Text Document, Presentation and Database. It is possible to save any documents produced in these applications to their equivalent in Microsoft e.g. you can save a Spreadsheet as an Excel Spreadsheet. I highly recommend you download the software and try it.
To convert to PDF:
- Click on Open a Document.
- Locate the document to be converted to a PDF and click open.
- On the top menu click File > Export as PDF.
- Click on the Security tab if you want to add security.
- Click Export.
Note that the PDF will not open automatically, you will have to locate it.
(P.S. I used ScreenHunter 5.1 Free Download to capture the images in this post – so unbelievably easy to use).