How to Edit PDF Files for Free Using Microsoft Word

With Microsoft Word, you can edit PDF files out-of-the-box with no additional tools needed. We’ve taken a few screenshots of the process including a groovy video demonstrating the PDF Reflow feature.

Every working professional comes across PDF files regularly. Sometimes you need to get content from a PDF file or make changes to it. One way to edit a PDF file is to convert it to a DOCX file using Word’s PDF Reflow feature.

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When you try to copy anything from a PDF file and paste it into Word, it pastes the text, but you lose all the formatting.

PDF file and Word file

PDF Reflow allows you to convert PDF content to a Word format and keep the original formatting. You can avoid using any third-party converter or Office add-on.

To get started, open any PDF file you want in Word.

Open a PDF file in Word

You’ll see a warning message saying Word will convert the file, and it may take a while. Click OK.

Converting a PDF file to a Word file might take a while

If the PDF file is password protected, Word asks you for the password before opening the document. Enter the password and click OK.

Enter a password for a protected PDF file

Word shows the content in the same format as the original PDF, and you can edit it and copy all or part of it.

If the PDF is larger than just a few pages, it may take Word a few minutes to open the file.

To save the file as a DOCX file, go to File > Save As. Choose a location and make sure Word Document (*.docx) is selected from the Save as type drop-down list on the Save As dialog box. Then, click Save.

Converted PDF file open in Word

You can also export Word documents to PDF files, web pages, and other formats.

Learn more about working with PDF files in Windows 10.



  1. Bogdan Bele

    September 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Just tried it. Great and really useful stuff. Worked pretty fast, too.

    • Steve Krause

      September 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Yeah it’s a great new service. Probably going to put a few online businesses out of business. I wonder how much Microsoft had to pay Adobe for the license. From a PDF standpoint, It’s a game changer.

  2. Brian Burgess

    September 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Oh wow! This is huge man. When I worked in IT the business dept always wanted to do this and we had to purchase Adobe Acrobat for all the seats…this is a reason to move to 2013 alone.

    • Steve Krause

      September 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Oh yeah, cost savings and just a simplified workflow. Very nice update!

  3. Chris

    September 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for Video !!!

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