PDF to editable Word file

Posted on 2011-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

This has to be a lot more simple to do than it seems to be for me. I'm trying to convert and PDF file to a Word file that I can edit/enter with.

I've tried a few trial versions of converters, but each time I use the trial version the converted file opens up in Word and seems to be only an image instead of stuff I can change.

I'm not sure if editing the document is something that can be disabled by the person who made it?

I've attached 1 of the many PDF to Word files I have to do, and I'd like to see if it's possible to convert this file into an editable Word file.

I've also tried a few of the free converters but still seems the same as the trial versions in that the PDF seems to be just a picture and nothing editable.

If you can change this file please let me know what you used to do it. I'd think there's something out there a lot cheaper than adobe reader pro to convert PDFs into editable Word files.
Question by:kevluck373
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    Scans like that are usually TIFF or JPG image files.  You need an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program to convert them to editable text.  There is no text in that PDF.
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    you can use this free tool,

    it can convert pdf dierctly to text, but you might lost some formatting and tables, may be image too.
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    This is an image in a PDF file. You cannot convert images in pdf file to editable format

    As suggested by DaveBaldwin you need an OCR program to convert an image to RTF format


    Author Comment

    I actually tried getting the document scanned by a few other people along w/ demo version of PDF editors but couldn't do either.

    I just think if I can get the document itself to scan I may have better luck w/ it, oh well.

    Thanks for the time & tips
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    if you are using Acrobat X (10), there is opition to save as MS Word files. Acrobat will do OCR directly when saving. As far as I use the end result is good with some alignment not in place.

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