trying to convert a PDF file to a Word file (.docx)

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I am trying to convert a PDF file to a Word file (.docx).
Is there any free software out there that will let me do so AND have the new Word file look exactly the same as the original?
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AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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https://www.pdftoword.com/en/


That'll do it, if it looks exactly the same then sorry, I know Adobe or Foxit phantom do

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This requires EXTREMELY well written software (and even then, it sometimes misses the marks).
This market has been cornered by Nuance for years now: https://shop.nuance.co.uk/store/nuanceeu/en_GB/Content/pbPage.microsite-pdf-overview?currency=EUR

If you only need one or two conversion every now and then, there are also online versions.
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have the new Word file look exactly the same as the original?
In a word...NO! That said, for PDF-to-Word, I've had good (not perfect) results with this free online tool:
http://www.pdftoword.com/

If you prefer a local install, I've also had good (also not perfect) results with this free tool:
http://www.boxoft.com/pdf-to-word/

You may get better results with non-free products. I've gotten better (but still not perfect) results with Nuance's PaperPort and Power PDF:

https://www.nuance.com/print-capture-and-pdf-solutions/optical-character-recognition/paperport-for-pc.html
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm

There's a free trial for PaperPort and the Power PDF Advanced edition (but not Standard) so you can see how well it works for you before buying it:

https://www.nuance.com/print-capture-and-pdf-solutions/optical-character-recognition/paperport-for-pc/trial-version.html
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/imaging-solutions/document-conversion/power-pdf-converter/free-trial/index.htm

Another good (non-free) product is Able2Extract PDF Converter:
http://www.investintech.com/prod_downloadsa2e.htm

It also offers a free trial.

The first link in this post is to the (free) Nitro cloud. Nitro is a well-known name in PDF tools and their Nitro Pro has a PDF-to-Word feature:
http://www.nitropdf.com/pro/features/convert-export

There's also a free trial for this, but I've never used it, so can't vouch for its performance. However, it uses the same engine as the online tool, which I have used and is very good, so I would expect the same of Nitro Pro.

One more non-free product (but reasonably priced at $39) is CAD-KAS's PDF-to-Word:
http://www.cadkas.com/downengpdf9.php

I haven't used this product, but I have used their PDF Editor Objects, which is excellent. Based on the quality of PDF Editor Objects, I think that their PDF-to-Word is worth a try, and there's a free trial:
http://www.cadkas.com/pdf2word!.exe

It probably goes without saying, but Adobe Acrobat can do it — both Standard and Professional (but not Reader). As with everything, results aren't perfect.

I've been on previous threads here at EE where other experts have recommended these three (free) online tools:

http://www.convertpdftoword.org
http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter
http://www.wondershare.net/pdf-converter/pdf-to-word-converter.html

I can't personally vouch for these, but based on the positive comments from other members, I'm passing them along for your consideration.

No matter which way you go, keep in mind that PDF-to-Word conversion is tricky business – maintaining the formatting/layout is tough stuff! I haven't found anything that is perfect, and results vary from one document to the next. So my suggestion is to put some, or all, of these products on your short list for evaluation. Define a few test docs – your docs! Compare the resulting Word files to see which, if any, of the tools produces Word files that are satisfactory. Regards, Joe
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Have you tried opening the PDF in Word?

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Thanks to Joe and the rest of you; This answers my question.
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You're welcome, Ryan...good luck with the conversion! Regards, Joe

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