There are two types of PDF to Word converters to choose from: online and offline.
Online PDF to Word converters are a great choice if you’re looking for quick and easy conversions. They can be accessed on any OS and through any browser, the only requirement is that you have a stable internet connection. Most online tools are free, but some come with advanced features that require you to register or make a purchase if you want to use them.
On the other hand, offline (desktop) PDF to Word converters are not free in most cases, but they offer advanced conversion functionalities that online tools simply can’t match. Moreover, desktop PDF converters process PDF files offline, as they don’t require an active internet connection.
Able2Extract Professional is a great example of a desktop PDF converter. It is fully functional offline, and it’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The software comes with a powerful toolbox equipped with advanced features such as batch conversion, OCR for scanned PDF conversion, selective conversion, various PDF editing and security tools, and much more.
If you don’t want to upload your PDF documents to external servers for conversion, you can convert your documents offline using a dedicated PDF converter software tool such as Able2Extract Professional.
Before you download the software, make sure it is compatible with your operating system and that your PC meets the minimum system requirements.
Once you have downloaded and installed the software, launch it by double-clicking the software icon on your desktop.
From there, simply follow the steps below to convert PDF to Word offline:
- Open your PDF document
- Customize advanced settings (optional)
- Click on the Word icon
After the conversion is complete, your converted file will automatically open in Microsoft Word.
However, if you don’t have MS Word installed and you are looking for a free Word alternative, here’s a list of 10 tools available free of charge. Able2Extract allows you to convert PDF to ODT (OpenDocument text format for word processing documents). The OpenDocument format can be used with both free and proprietary software applications such as AbiWord, OpenOffice, Dropbox, Google Docs, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OnlyOffice, Scribus, Zoho Office Suite, etc.
In order to extract text from scanned PDF to Word or any other file format, you will need to have access to a tool that uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.
For good quality PDF scans, the OCR engine used in our free online PDF to Word converter will get the job done.
If you have a poor quality scan that contains skewed content and grainy text, you will have to use an advanced, high-fidelity OCR engine that can be found in desktop PDF converters.
Able2Extract Professional comes with business-grade OCR technology that is capable of accurately converting even the poorest document scans. Furthermore, multi-language support is available for special characters in Spanish, French, German, and English.
Batch PDF to Word conversion is an advanced feature that can be found in some online tools, but most of the time, users have to pay extra for this service or sign up and leave their personal information to get access to it.
Fortunately, most desktop PDF applications come with this advanced feature already built right in. The Batch Converter tool in Able2Extract Professional enables users to convert hundreds of PDFs into fully editable Microsoft Word files in a single step.
Batch conversion to CSV, open office, AutoCAD, and other Microsoft Office formats is also supported. Moreover, users can create and use unique conversion templates on recurring documents that are similarly formatted.
Unfortunately, most free online PDF to Word converters are not advanced enough to offer selective conversion functionalities. You can only convert an entire PDF document to Word.
However, an advanced desktop PDF converter such as Able2Extract Professional allows users to select what PDF content they want to extract to MS Word: an entire document, a page range, a single page, or even specific paragraphs and lines of text.
If you’re not getting consistent formatting when converting PDF to Word, you are probably using a low quality converter that is incapable of delivering accurate output. This can occur with both online and offline tools, depending on how advanced their conversion technology is.
Instead of wasting valuable time on fixing layout inconsistencies, you can use a business-grade PDF converter - Able2Extract Professional. It will ensure that the original document structure and formatting remain consistent after every conversion.
Converting PDF to Word on mobile and tablet devices using Investintech’s free online PDF to Word converter is the same as on any PC.
Open the browser on your mobile device and navigate to the free online PDF to Word converter page on our website.
From there, simply upload the PDF document you want to convert to Word, and once the conversion is complete, download the converted file to your iOS or Android powered device.
If you’re looking for an online tool for Mac to convert your PDF files to Word, you can use our free online PDF to Word converter as it works on macOS and any other operating system.
You can almost instantly convert your documents by uploading your PDF and downloading the converted Word file.
If you need advanced conversion functionalities such as batch processing and selective text extraction, try our offline PDF converter for macOS - Able2Extract Professional.