Monday, July 6, 2015

Free Way to Convert PDF Documents to Word, Excel and Powerpoint Formats

Many of our clients have asked if there is a way to convert their PDF documents to Word, Excel or PowerPoint formats without the need to purchase expensive software like Adobe Standard or Pro. We did some research on the subject and found that this task can be performed by using Microsoft's OneDrive service.. Below we will outline the steps necessary to perform this task.

NOTE: If you have Office 2013 you can skip the steps below. This version of Word has a built in feature that automatically converts PDF documents to Word documents. Simply open up the PDF document you wish to convert within Word 2013 and you're done.

  1. If you don't already have a Microsoft Live account you'll need to create one by clicking here and going to their website.

    You do not have to create a new email address to make a Microsoft Live account. When asked for your User Name you can enter in your current email address and it will be used to sign in.

    If you already have a Microsoft Live account click here to sign in.
  2. After you sign into your account you will need to upload the PDF file that you want to convert. You can do this by clicking on the Upload drop down list at the top of the screen and selecting Files.
  3. Navigate to the file that you wish to convert, highlight it and then click Open at the bottom of the screen.
  4. After the file has been uploaded click on the bubble in the upper right hand side of the file you just uploaded to select it. Then click on the Open in Word Online link at the top of the screen.
  5. When the file opens click on the Edit in Word link at the top right of the screen. When the File Conversion pop up window appears click on Convert.
  6. A window may appear that informs you that layout changes may have been made to the PDF during the conversion process.
  7. After you close that window click on the OneDrive link at the top left side of the screen.
  8. If you navigate through OneDrive to the folder in which you originally uploaded the PDF you should now see both a PDF and Word version of the file.
  9. Click on the bubble in the upper right of the Word document you just created to highlight it. Then click on the Download link at the top of the screen.
  10. Navigate to the location you downloaded the file too and double click it to open it up in Word.
At this point you should be able to edit the PDF document using Word.

We hope that you've found this information useful. If you have any questions, problems or notice any inaccuracies please feel free to comment below.

Thanks for reading!

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