How to edit a PDF Document without expensive software?

Many of us have opened a document we have saved as a PDF, having lost the original Word document, and thought “Ah, I wish I could edit this PDF!”. Traditionally PDF documents have required expensive software to edit. Adobe Acrobat (Standard or Professional), a popular choice, is over £150 per year.

Is there another way?

Microsoft Word part of Office 365 has long supported opening PDFs, so that you can work on and edit the documents. Unfortunately though in the past, this results have been less than ideal and document formatting is often ruined while opening the document. It has never been as reliable and seamless as other software.

Microsoft Word part of Office 365 has long supported opening PDFs, so that you can work on and edit the documents. Unfortunately though in the past, this results have been less than ideal and document formatting is often ruined while opening the document. It has never been as reliable and seamless as other software.

How do I open a PDF in Microsoft Word?

Opening a PDF in Word is remarkably easy. Open Word, and go to File>Open and find your PDF.

Word will prompt you that it will now convert the PDF into an editable Word document. This may take a short while depending on the size of the document, for a 2-3 page PDF this will only take 5-10 seconds. If you have a PDF with a lot of images and many pages, it may take a little while longer. If you don’t want to see this message again, tick the box, and click OK.

Your document will now open in Word document format. It should look identical to the PDF, and you can now edit the document as you wish!

How do I save this document so that it is a PDF again?

Once you are done, you can save this document as a Word document, or save the document as a PDF by going to File> Save As> and selecting PDF from the File Type dropdown.

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