Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free

toggle-button

SmallPDFI'm currently doing some work for a client, and one of the tasks involves writing some new documents. These need to be in Microsoft Word format, but the example I'm working from is a PDF file. Which is clearly not ideal, as they aren't editable.

Yes, I did ask. No Word document is available. So I feared that I'd have to recreate the layout of the PDF file myself, from scratch, in Word.

Thankfully, that wasn't the case. I've not written about PDF to Word converters on these pages for a good few months, so I took the opportunity to research the available free solutions again. And the best one, by far, was Small PDF. You can find it at https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-word. Upload a PDF file, wait a couple of minutes, and you'll be emailed a link to your download. Which, in my case, resulted in a perfect Word document that I could now edit and use as the basis for the new documents.

To be on the safe side, I exported the Word document to RTF, then re-loaded it into Word. This helps to ensure that any weird features, and macros that might be a security risk, are removed.

So if you ever need to convert files between document formats, keep a note of Small PDF as it's very impressive. And it handles loads of other formats besides those two, as well.

Please rate this article: 

Your rating: None
4.48837
Average: 4.5 (43 votes)
toggle-button

Comments

You can open PDF files directly in Microsoft word 2016, and it actually works.
You could also just use the "Click Right" and Paste Special "A" only.

How does exporting to RTF avoid macros etc? What does VirusTotal etc. say about program?

footpatrol,
VirusTotal says it is a "Clean Site".
Peter

As I said in a previous comment that seems to have been deleted, this program is not "perfect"/ It did not render some Thai characters correctly, and it will not convert files that have been scanned and require OCR to convert. I am not complaining, rather stating some facts.

Although Unicode and UTF-8 cover the majority of needs there are still character issues with some languages, especially Thai. If you need recognition for Thai Institute of Standards TIS-620, I suggest you source software written for that language. MC - Site Manager.

I did not say I needed anything, I just said that the smallpdf program is not perfect.

Just as a test.... I uploaded a .pdf file in SPANISH and viola! it came back in .docx format and was easy to edit. This is a great site for conversions... I also discovered that conversions are limited to TWO per hour and up popped a count-down clock to let me know when I can convert two more! I am pleased.

I tried this on a PDF document that I had previously tried on several converters that would only insert the PDF document into word as an image that still didn't allow any edits to the text or other images. This converted it perfect and very quickly. Thanks for the article, this one is now added to my bookmarks.

Thanks.

Rob, you really hit a home run this time!
I sniggered when I read "PDF to Word Converter" and "Perfect" and "Free" in the same sentence. I regularly find these programs on the various giveaway websites, and they are invariably laughable. Yes, they can create a Word file... typically by converting every single line into a paragraph. Try editing that!
But SmallPDF really does it! I used my normal test file, a commercial document with two columns, plenty of boxes and inlays, header and footer. And it came out just as you said: perfect. Absolutely amazing!
It replaces the websites I used to bookmark: zamzar.com and PDFtoWord.com. They good, but SmallPDF is perfect.

Did you consider using Word itself to do the job, @rob? Since at least Word 2013, it has the ability to open PDF files. Just change the filter in the file open dialog to 'PDF Files (*.pdf)' and select your file. It converts the contents from PDF to Word format by retaining formatting and layout fairly accurately, and you can edit to your heart's content. You can then save either as a Word document, or even a PDF file using the built-in PDF save functionality.

I know, this is a site for discussing freeware, but a very large percentage of people use Word everyday (and your problem statement is also about Word). I'm sharing this info because a majority of people don't know about this Word feature of directly opening and saving PDF files.

Rob, you really hit a home run this time!
I sniggered when I read "PDF to Word Converter" and "Perfect" and "Free" in the same sentence. I regularly find these programs on the various giveaway websites, and they are invariably laughable. Yes, they can create a Word file... typically by converting every single line into a paragraph. Try editing that!
But SmallPDF really does it! I used my normal test file, a commercial document with two columns, plenty of boxes and inlays, header and footer. And it came out just as you said: perfect. Absolutely amazing!
It replaces the websites I used to bookmark: zamzar.com and PDFtoWord.com. They good, but SmallPDF is perfect.

Useful. Very swift conversion and the resulting files from the trial PDFs I sent are clean and accurate.

I totally agree with your advise.
I have been using Smal pdf for years. In my experience it is the best pdf tool kit in the cloud.
Thanks and regards
Peter