TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: PDF to Word -- Conversion problem -- Summary From:Bernd Hutschenreuther <Bernd -dot- Hutschenreuther -at- PREPRESS -dot- DE> Date:Mon, 7 Dec 1998 10:05:22 +0200
I want to thank you very much for the answers I received; Rahel Anne
Bailie, Max Wyss, and Dave Neufeld.
Here is a summary.
> Is there any simple method to convert PDF Files to Word, without losing
> I have to insert diagrams and flow charts into a document. They are
> available in PDF format.
1. Open the page with the graphic in a graphics package that can import PDF.
(Such as Adobe Illustrator)
2. Delete all the stuff on the page that is not part of the graphic.
3. Edit the graphic in Adobe Illustrator.
4. Export the graphic in EPS format.
5. Import the graphic into Word
If Acrobat Exchange is available, you also can use the EPS-Export plug- in
(either part of the distribution or then downloadable from the Adobe
This could bypass Illustrator.
(Make sure, the fonts are available, otherwise they will be replaced by
1. Open the PDF file in Acrobat Exchange.
2. Select Tools>Select Text from the main menu
3. Using the Select Text tool, select the text you wish to copy.
4. Copy the text.
5. Paste the text into Word. The text will be unformatted, with paragraph
marks at the end of every line.
6. Remove the unnecessary paragraph marks and reformat the text to suit your
word document style.
(1) open a PDF file, copy to clipboard, then open MS Word and "paste
(2) open a PDF file, "select all", then open MS Word and "paste" it in; most of
the formatting comes with it.