How to: Edit .pdf files or convert them to .doc or .rtf in Adobe Acrobat


To edit a PDF file, you must have software which has PDF editing capability. Adobe Acrobat (not Adobe Acrobat Reader) will edit and save PDF files, and there are packages available from other companies, too.

If you want to save a .pdf file into a .docx or .doc (Microsoft Word) format using Adobe Acrobat, you will need to save the file as a .rtf file first. Saving as .rtf will allow Microsoft Word to open the file, but some formatting will be lost.

1) Open the Acrobat document within the full version of Acrobat.

2) Go to File > Save As to open up the save dialogue.

3) With this box open, use the "Save as type" drop-down list to choose the type of document that you would like to save. Valid file formats are Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), JPEG (.jpg), PNG (.png), PostScript (.ps), Rich Text (.rtf) and TIFF (.tif). Note that some newer versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader no longer have this function.

4) To be able to view the document in Microsoft Word and to edit it, save it as a Rich Text Document.

5) After saving as .rtf, open the file in Microsoft Word and then you can save as .docx or .doc.

NOTE: If you want to preserve the format of the .pdf during conversion and the above free conversion doesn't work, you may need to install a converter software product. One is available at called PDF2Anything which converts .pdf files to various formats smoothly; however, the TTU IT Division cannot endorse this product without further detailed evaluation.


Your PDF file(s) will be edited or converted into other formats.