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Adobe Convert PDF to Word Tutorial

by Hung Nguyen

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Learn how to easily export PDF to Word within a few clicks with Adobe or Smallpdf, online or offline.

We love Adobe for creating the PDF format, with the goal of realizing a paperless office in mind back in the '90s.

Furthermore, there's an array of conversion capabilities that Adobe can carry out, such as the popular PDF to Word conversion. However, depending on your needs and budgets, the enterprise-grade software may not be the ideal app to convert PDF to Word documents.

That's where Smallpdf comes in. We have developed the most popular online PDF to Word converter, for you to rewrite files in these two file type seamlessly, for free. Check out how to convert PDF to Word in both Adobe and Smallpdf.

How to Convert PDF to Word Online - with Smallpdf

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Free and seamless PDF to Word conversion -

  1. Drag-and-drop your PDF file into the PDF to Word tool.

  2. It will automatically turn PDFs into Word format for you.

  3. Smallpdf's export PDF tool is free to use for you to conveniently. Directly upload, convert and download.

How to Convert PDF to Word Offline - with Smallpdf

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Converting multiple PDFs to Word - Smallpdf Desktop

  1. Open Smallpdf Desktop and click 'Office to PDF'.

  2. Drag your file into the toolbox, and make sure that Word is the desired output.

  3. Click 'Convert file' in the bottom-left corner.

  4. Pro Tip: You can convert as many PDF files into Word as you'd like. Just drag them all into the toolbox.

How can Adobe convert PDF to Word

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Adobe Convert PDF to Word

  1. Open Adobe > Tools > Export PDF > Add Files to Export

  2. Under convert to, choose 'Microsoft Word Document'. You can also select the document language, which will be useful for OCR.

  3. Finally, hit 'Export to Word' to save your file.



Smallpdf online version is free to use, up to twice an hour for all of our 18 PDF tools; they are all available to use via our homepage, without any downloads, registrations nor installation needed! Aside from being capable of converting to and from PDF, you can also use a few other useful tools, including:

  • Compress - reduce document size

  • Merge - combine multiple word files in pdf format

  • Split - extract pages or split files

  • Protect - encrypt pdf documents with a password

For unlimited access to these functionalities, you can grab a Smallpdf Pro subscription, which costs $6/month or $48/year - which works out to be $3/month. Otherwise, our free website is still available for you to use, for free!

Smallpdf desktop app is free to view and edit PDFs with essential functionalities, such as annotation and to highlight. A free trial will activate as soon as you download it, via the Smallpdf Desktop page! To extend this, you can upgrade to a Pro account, which grants access to both online and offline app.

For Adobe, a monthly Acrobat Pro DC will set you back $24.99. You can also opt to commit for a whole year, which will lower the pricing down to $14.99.



Online vs. Offline

Whether you choose to convert your files online or offline is up to your preference.

Most of our 18 million users prefer to convert their documents online, as they do not have to install any software. Smallpdf keeps your PDFs for an hour, just enough time for individual users to convert, compress, edit and enhance their digital documents. All you need is a working web browser.

As a cloud-platform, Smallpdf is also compatible with any operating system (Mac, Linux, Windows). Saving PDF to Doc could not be more straightforward with our online service!

On the other hand, if you work on-the-go and do not always have access to the internet, the desktop app is the best way to go, via Smallpdf Desktop or Adobe Acrobat.

Unfortunately, Adobe does not have an online converter at the moment.

Mobile Usage

Adobe mobile app is their solution to work out of the office. Smallpdf's mobile version for our online platform is also compatible with your favorite mobile device. Again, all you need is an internet connection and a generic web browser.



Aside from being able to export PDF to Word docs, both services offer an array of useful tools to manipulate your files.

For Smallpdf, we've got:

Free online access to 18 tools, of course. Drag and drop interface, to reduce the number of clicks.

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18 PDF tools, one online platform.

Adobe, on the other hand, has a few obscure tools for you to check out, including redact and PDF standards.

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Tools available in Adobe

Which Tool Should I Use?


Many factors come into play for choosing software, including price, functionalities, and design. However, we genuinely believe that the best PDF to Word converter for you is the one that yields the best user experience.

This reason is why Smallpdf offers a simple UI and fast processing power to simplify your document management workflows. Furthermore, Smallpdf is free to use online, with a free-trial offline for you to take advantage of our tools to its full capacity.

Adobe also has a free reader for you to test their product out. If you have a Pro subscription already, you can open the PDF to test out their conversion capabilities, following the instructions above.

Whether you opt to choose Adobe or Smallpdf, we hope that you can enhance your productivity, streamline work processes and cut down the time spent on mundane and repetitive tasks in the office as much as possible. Here's to an entirely paperless office in 2019! :)

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Content Marketing Manager