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June 25, 2014 /How-To's /

Best Practices: Converting PDF content to Microsoft Office

When it comes to storing all the content I’ve created, I always use PDF files: they’re searchable, efficient, and easy to share at a moment’s notice. My computer’s hard drive (and my Acrobat.com account) is full of blog posts I’ve written, old data tables, even shopping lists – all stored as PDF files. This is great when I have to search for a file on my hard drive or view it on a mobile device, but what about when I have an old piece of writing that I want to edit or update?

The easiest way I know to make whole-sale changes to PDF content is simply to export that PDF (or just a piece of it) to a natively editable format: Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Acrobat makes it easy to seamlessly convert one of my old blog posts to a usable Word document, or save a data table from a PDF file as an Excel spreadsheet so I can do a few calculations. Acrobat will even recognize common elements in the pages of a PDF file to use as template images in your converted PowerPoint.

So instead of retyping all that content you’ve got stored in a PDF file, why not just export to Microsoft Office? Here are a few tips from our friends at the Acrobat User Community to help you get started. They even have a ready-made tool set so your Acrobat interface will be all set up to support your PDF-to-Office conversions!

Convert PDF to Microsoft Office formats
Export the comments in a PDF file to Microsoft Word
How to convert part (not all!) of a PDF file to Microsoft Office

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