How to Convert PDF to Word

by hr forhad

Agree or disagree, working with a PDF document on a Mac isn’t that easy compared to handling other types of files such as Word or Pages. That’s why we often want to convert PDFs into Word docs and make them editable.

So, what is the best way to convert PDF to Word on macOS? Well, it depends. Whether it’s a scanned PDF, whether it contains sensitive data, whether you want to do this in batch, etc. all matter.

In this article, we are going to show you 5 different methods. Each method has its own pros and cons, so you know its best use case.

Read on to find out www.sodapdf.com/it/convertire-pdf/ which method fits you the best!

1. Mac Automator App

Automator, one of Mac’s pre-installed apps, is originally developed to build custom workflows to perform various tasks. Many of you may don’t know that the app can actually convert a PDF file into an editable document.

More specifically, to convert your PDF file into a Plain Text or Rich Text format which can be opened in Office Word or Pages app.

All you need to do is open Automator (find it in Applications or Launchpad), select Workflow and load the PDF file you want to convert, specify the desired output format and the app will turn your PDF text into plain or rich text format. This video shows how:

Pros:

  • Free to use.
  • Quick and simple, no need to download any third-party apps.

Cons:

  • Limited output options (text format only).
  • Don’t support batch conversion.
  • Can’t handle scanned PDF files.

2. Google Docs (OCR Supported)

This is one of our favorite methods. Google Drive is very powerful and convenient to deal with documents as well as for work collaboration purposes. One of its features is to convert PDF files to Word documents (.doc, .docx).

Also, it supports Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a technology that enables you to extract texts from a scanned PDF or image.

To convert a normal PDF to Word, watch this YouTube tutorial:

If your document is a scanned PDF or image, be sure to check off an option in Settings before you upload your file for conversion. To do so, go to Google Drive homepage > click the gear icon on the top right > check the “Convert uploads” option. That’s it.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Don’t support batch conversion. Time-consuming to convert many files at once.
  • Formatting of output files is sometimes messy.
  • You’ll have to register a Google account (for those of you who don’t have one).

3. Online PDF to Word Conversion Tools

You should have tried or heard about online PDF to Word converters, we have to warn you though, some are pretty bad, especially those services that don’t have any privacy policies or disclaimers.

Watch out for these websites that you can’t find any information regarding how they are going to deal with users’ documents uploaded to their remote servers.

We don’t recommend using this option if your PDF files contain business confidential or personal privates. That said, online conversion services are convenient to convert a few handy PDFs into Word docs so you can edit them right away.

The process generally involves three steps: upload, select, convert. Here are a few popular options:

  • PDFOnline
  • Zamzar
  • OnlineOCR (for converting scanned PDFs)

Pros:

  • Quick, simple and time-saving.
  • Flexible output options.
  • Some services support OCR conversion.

Cons:

  • Security concerns, because you’ll have to upload your files to their servers.
  • The conversion quality of some services is not good.
  • Limitations such as file size, sign-up needed, etc.

4. Third-party PDF to Word Converter Software

For individuals and small business owners who need to handle documents on a regular basis, this is the option we recommend. Sure, desktop Mac PDF converter software is usually not free (though some may provide demos), and you need to spend time downloading, installing, and learning how to use it.

The benefits are enormous and obvious, primarily, it’s safer. If your documents are complex (with lots of elements), the conversion quality from desktop software is much better than that from other alternatives.

What’s the best PDF to Word converter app for Mac? We found PDFelement incredibly easy to use. It’s more than a converter, you can also use it to directly edit any PDF files even if they are scanned ones.

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