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Top 6 Best Ways to Save PDF as Word on Mac

Author:admin   Date:2011-10-19

PDFs are great, portable, cross-platform documents that you can read on your Mac, your iPad or iPhone, or on a PC. While the PDF file format is a great tool for sharing documents and for assuring that documents aren't changed (contracts, for instance), sometimes you need to use the text from a PDF. As PDF can't be editable, you need to convert PDF to word or text for reusing and editing. Though there are a plethora of  applications are designed for Windows, it's fewer programs designed for other platforms, especially for Mac OS X. Thus for Mac users, it would be not as convenient as we normally do in Windows. A clear example is that Windows users can easily save PDF as Word with free PDF to Word Converter, while Mac users can hardly do that similar work using some applications effectively. Fortunately, we now find several feasible solutions to save PDF as word on Mac for easy editing.


1. Preview
“Preview” is a default PDF reader if you without installing Adobe reader. If necessary, when viewing PDF files with Preview, users would habitually "save PDF as Word" in the process, which actually is, click Text Tool and select contents and then copy and paste from PDF to Word for editing. Actually, only the text can be saved in Word. Most of time, they are just in a mess and you need to reformat them. Besides, the other elements like graphics, hyperlinks and layouts would be lost. Moreover, it would be tedious and hard work if there are tons of text need to manually copy and paste.


save pdf as text/word
Pros: free and easy to realize
Cons: manual work, the formats and most of contents are lost, not working for encrypted PDF files

2. Adobe Reader X
If you use Adobe Reader X for PDF viewing, you can directly save PDF as text and then copy it to word for easy editing. But this method is only available for unencrypted PDF files. If your PDF file is encrypted (you'll find a “lock” icon on the left side of the file), you have to use other PDF to Word converter for Mac or PDF converter for Mac.


save pdf as word document

Pro: free and easy to realize
Cons: manual work, the formats and most of contents are lost, not working for encrypted PDF files (see picture as follows)
If the PDF file is encrypted, with a “lock” icon or “secured” sign, you cannot copy or edit it. In this case, you have to use PDF converter for Mac or PDF to Word for Mac to convert PDF to word.


save pdf to word on mac


If the PDF file is encrypted, with a "lock" icon or "secured" sign, you cannot copy or edit it. In this case, you have to use PDF converter for Mac or PDF to Word for Mac to convert PDF to word (see Tip 5).

3. Adobe Acrobat
Mac users can easily save PDF as Word on Mac if they have already installed Adobe Acrobat previously. Add your PDF file in Acrobat and then directly save PDF as Word. The problem is that the app is designed for editing. If you have many files which need to be saved as Word, it would be still a tedious job. And some elements like graphics could not be re-edited.
Pros: fast and accurate
Cons: too expensive and not cost-effective, no patch conversion.

4. Online Software Conversion
To make use of online software is a good solution, such as pdftoword.com or adobe PDF to word converter online service (about $19.99/year). You just need to upload your PDF files and type in your email, then click convert and get a cup of coffee. After conversion, you would receive word document as an attachment in your email.
However, considering its security, people may not choose this way to save PDF as Word, because some PDF files need to convert are confidential. It would be not safe if you upload them online. Another problem is that only one PDF file can be converted at a time. It would be a time-consuming job if you had many files to handle.
Pros: standalone of any operating OS
Cons: unsafe and low efficiency

5. Professional PDF Conversion software for Mac
If you want to find a simple and cost-effective way, especially want to convert encrypted files, it's better to get a PDF converter for Mac or PDF to word for Mac. It would be a direct and appropriate way to save PDF as Word. You just need to follow 3-step tutorial on how to convert PDF to word: import – customize – convert. And the work will be done in a few seconds. What's more, either of the Mac app can support batch or partial conversion that you can convert all pages or a specific page as you like.
Pros: high efficiency and accuracy with partial and patch conversion; good security
Cons: with function-limited free version and cost-effective full version; support converting encrypted PDF to word

6. Save Scanned PDF to word on Mac
People now like to scan paper-based document to PDF with scanner which saves much time in retyping and reformating. But we all know that a scanned PDF cannot be searchable and editable. If you want the text in the scanned PDF, you need to convert the scanned PDF to editable document. A normal PDF converter for Mac or PDF to word for Mac will not make it. Fortunately, the PDF converter pro with OCR function can help you convert scanned PDF to word.
Pros: high efficiency and accuracy with partial and patch conversion; good security
Cons: with free version and cost-effective full version; support converting scanned PDF to word


Related tips:
How to convert scanned PDF to editable document on Mac OS
Professional PDF converter for Mac with OCR function Released
How to Convert PDF to MS Word Format in 3 Steps?
How to Convert and Edit Scanned PDF Files


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