How to Convert PDF to Word .docx on Mac / PC

While the Adobe PDF is a great media for saving & sharing publication documents that retaining layouts and formatting electronically across multiple platforms from being edited and scratched, sometimes you want to convert a PDF into Word on Mac / PC to get rich content such as text label, image, paragraph, a page, annotation or other data from the PDF and use & edit in a Microsoft Office Word application.

Microsoft Word 2013 (released in 2012) has offered a new feature called PDF Reflow to give users ability to edit and save PDF files as Word documents. It works but there are limitations. The results (headings, tables, or columns, font, for instance) may not look exactly what you expect. Keep in mind that there will no luck if you try to extract data from PDF file into Word .docx file in Word 2010, Word 2007 and the previous versions.

Related: how to convert PDF to PowerPoint on a Mac.

So, to preserve the original formatting and layouts: text, chart, column, outlines, graphs and row layout, you'll have to choose another alternative to get the job done. There are a number of ways to convert PDF to Word for Mac and Windows system. However, sometimes you just want something quick and easy. Fortunately, PDF Converter for Mac (or for Windows) is definitely the way you go after.

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Windows: Std. version | Pro. version

Mac: Std. version | Pro. version

The application has both Std. and Pro. version available for users to handle PDFs. Both Std. and Pro. version are capable of batch converting regular PDF document into Word on Mac and PC, and converting PDF to Office Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, Text, Image (png, jpg, bmp, gif, tiff), EPUB. All of the original elements including formatting, layout, text, outline, graphics and column from PDF will be precisely replicated in the new Word .docx file. You can choose to convert all of pages of a PDF to Word or specify a range of pages to convert.

Note: The Pro. version even allows you to convert scanned PDF into text-based Word, Excel, EPUB, HTML, TXT and PowerPoint documents with OCR technology, regardless of whatever OS you are running, Windows or Mac OS X.

This guide describes the PDF to Word (.docx) conversion on Mac OS X. However, it can easily be adapted to Windows operating system as the program is available for cross-platform.

How to Convert the PDF to Word Document on Mac


Select PDF source

Fire up this PDF to Word converter for Mac, simply drag PDF files you want to convert from your computer and drop into the program window. Or head to "File" option to add file. The program allows you to import a bunch of PDFs and convert into word documents at a time.


Choose Word Document (.docx) as the export

From the GEAR icon that appears on the right-hand side of the PDF item, click it you'll encounter a dialogue box asking for your preferred page range that you want to convert the original PDF file(s). In "Page Range" field, you can choose to convert all of pages of PDF to Doc(x) on Mac, or input specific pages you want to convert. For example, you can input "1, 5, 7, 10" or any range of pages.

Altering the "Format" delivers you a list of alternative output file types, from Word Document, to Excel Workbook, to Electronic Publication, to Rich Text Format and HTML Document. In this example, we just want to convert PDF to a Word format, so we select Work Document (.docx) as export file from the list.


Start converting PDF to Word (.docx) on Mac

Now, it is time to begin the conversion. Press the "Convert" button at the lower right-hand corner of the screen, the software will begin converting PDF file to Word .docx for Mac OS X.

The process doesn't take much time converting the PDF files, may be in seconds, or minutes.

When you finish the conversion, you'll see a prompt appear on the top side of screen that says "Conversion finished! files succeeded". There you go – your .pdf has been converted to .docx Word file.

Just one note – Compare the new created Word with the original PDF and make any corrections if required.

How to Convert Scanned PDF with OCR to Word File for Mac

If your PDF file is a scan of a document, you'll need OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize the image-based data before converting properly into an editable Word format from PDF on a Mac or Windows system. Luckily, the Pro. version of this software comes with OCR plug-in that enables you to easily convert scanned PDF to text-based Word on Macs or PC's. You can download the correct edition according to operating system you are using on computer.

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Getting Started


Activate OCR function

For the conversion of scanned PDF to a Word in Mac, you need to activate OCR in the program to recognize the data in PDF firstly.

Launch the PDF Converter Pro edition and add scanned PDFs into the main window.

After you have files loaded, you will see a red number appearing at the upper left corner of the OCR button at the bottom left side of the window. Simply turn the button on to activate OCR function, then a dialogue pops up asking you to install OCR Plug-in first.


Set Preference

After you have OCR plug-in installed, reload the program and add the scanned PDF files to the program (note: make sure the OCR button is turn on).

Before converting scanned PDF files to Word format in Mac, head to Preferences… > OCR menu and set the right document language.


Pick output format and begin conversion

Set the output format in Gear icon, and then click the "Convert" button on the lower corner of the main screen to start converting scanned PDF to a Word on Mac OS X. (The operation here is actually the same as the steps in converting regular PDFs mentioned above)

You can check how to convert a PDF to Excel file in Mac for a tutorial.

How to convert Password-protected PDF to Editable Word (.docx)

If you're looking for something that can convert the encrypted PDF from being copying, editing or printing into editable text in Word, this program (both Std. and Pro. available) also helps you finish the job without issue.

For a PDF which is protected by password from opening, you need to input the right password by clicking the lock icon appearing on the item bar prior to the conversion.

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