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How Do I… Convert a PDF to Microsoft Office Formats?

There’s nothing more frustrating than reinventing the wheel. So why do we? According to IDC research, a staggering 43% of office-workers are using disconnected systems in everyday workflows. This means copying, pasting, retyping, and rekeying information that has already been created.

It’s about time we start new projects without starting over. With the Export PDF tool in Acrobat DC, users can convert PDF files into fully formatted Microsoft Office documents. No muss, no fuss – just a simple way to save time. Convert your files on your desktop, on your mobile device… anywhere, really. Here’s how:



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  • By Mamie Senesie - 12:29 PM on January 13, 2017   Reply

    I am ready

  • By Srinivas Murty - 12:31 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    Do you have a web service for converting PDFs to MS Word and/or Excel? We have a cloud-based application and require on-demand conversion of PDF files to these formats.

  • By Udick - 12:33 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    What is the cost?

  • By Richard Early - 1:38 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    I need to tell you that I do not really understand what you are saying. Is this a program that I can buy?

  • By Lori Call - 1:46 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    I need to cancel my account with you all. I used it and it didn’t work

  • By dvangor - 5:57 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    I need to receive my old password and sign in.

  • By dvangor - 6:00 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    I’m waiting for the email to receive my old password to continue a login with you

  • By dvangor - 6:02 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    I am still waiting for a reply.

  • By dvangor - 6:05 PM on January 30, 2017   Reply

    I don’t know how to use your (website instructions to change my password

    • By Document Cloud Team - 11:57 AM on January 31, 2017   Reply

      Hi there! Our team will be reaching out to you shortly to sort this out. ^AR

  • By Rebeka Sara Rebeka Sar - 1:16 AM on January 31, 2017   Reply

    Thank you for this tutorial. I very easy to understand. I need this for my work.

  • By Steve - 11:25 AM on February 15, 2017   Reply

    I am having issues converting a pdf that was probably a Word doc to begin with and it is requested that I convert it back, without the benefit of having access to the original. I am going thru the steps to export and it is taking forever (800 plus pages)which is fine except there appears to be mixed formats . . . .tables, maps, etc. What can I do?

    • By Document Cloud Team - 5:13 PM on February 15, 2017   Reply

      If the file is created using a third party solution this may happen. You can find more information here:
      If the user is willing to share a file with us, we would like to review the file. If it requires we may log a bug. Please let us know if we can email you for more information! ^TD

  • By cora - 10:16 PM on February 15, 2017   Reply

    I saved a word document as a PDF which worked great. I know need to convert the PDF to a Publisher file. Is this possible

    • By Document Cloud Team - 7:06 PM on April 13, 2017   Reply

      We don’t have an option in Acrobat to convert PDF file to publisher format file. You may use this link to file a feature request and help with your comments how this is important to your business:

  • By Raghav Gupta - 12:37 PM on July 16, 2017   Reply

    Hi there,
    I am trying to convert my bank statement in PDF format to Excel. But looks like the security properties are now allowing me to export the pdf to excel. Is there a workaround?

    thanks in advance.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 8:40 PM on August 24, 2017   Reply

      Hey Raghav, try this out:
      Open the file in Reader/Acrobat, click on File>Properties>Security tab, and check if you are allowed to make changes to the document.
      If the document is restricted there is no way around using Acrobat to override the security.
      Hope this helps! ^TD