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Convert PDF to Word on Mac for Free

by Hung Nguyen

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Quickly convert PDF files into editable Word documents on your Macbook for free, online or offline. No registration is required for the conversion.

PDF is the undisputed king of electronic files; millions of these files are converted and modified on our site every month. They’re light, cannot be edited and are all-around great for both sharing and storage.

In the case where you do need to edit the content of the file, you can convert it to its original format. This guide will demonstrate how to convert PDF to a Word document without software required, as well as with downloadable offline apps.

How To Convert PDF to Word on Mac Online

  1. Go to the PDF to Word converter online page.

  2. Drag your PDF into the toolbox.

  3. Wait for it to convert to a Word file.

  4. Click download, and you’re good to go.


Easy conversion from PDF to Word on Macbook online.

Smallpdf is the most popular online software, and aids over 25 million monthly users to convert PDF files to Word. Not only that, we can also save your files to PPT, Excel, and JPG images. With OCR enabled, we also make sure that scanned PDF files will also be transformed appropriately, with all the text extracted for you to edit.

How To Convert PDF to Word Offline


The process to take the conversion offline follows pretty much the same procedure, but requires you to have our offline desktop app installed. Although it is not entirely free to use, a trial will activate it for a few days, with no usage limitation during this period.

  1. Open the Smallpdf Desktop app and click ‘PDF to Office’.
  2. Drag your PDF into the toolbox.
  3. Make sure Word is set as the desired output.
  4. Click ‘Convert file’ at the bottom.

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


Offline PDF to Word conversion on Mac and Windows.

The tool will allow you to convert to and from multiple file formats, as long as PDF format is either the input or output. Explore all the options by installing our desktop app below.

How Does Adobe Convert PDF to Word?


Of course, you can also convert your PDF files to Word with Adobe. However, like with most tools, it’s not always the easiest to use. So if you need a quick tutorial on how to convert your files, look no further.

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

Convert with Adobe.

Which Route Should One Take?


Our desktop app offers offline processing, which removes the need to upload files, but also means we can only process those that are locally stored on your computer. On the other hand, our website does not require you to install any software and allows you to import files from Dropbox and Google Drive. Regardless, the process to convert PDF to Word for Mac is relatively quick and painless, taking only a few seconds to finish.

When it comes to Smallpdf vs Adobe, it really comes down to personal preference, needs and budget. At Smallpdf we believe that the best PDF tools are ones that offer the best user experience, which is why we offer 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 all of our tools to their full capacity. Adobe also offers a free trial period for you to test their product out, however a Pro subscription could set you back up to $30. If you’re already subscribed, you can test out their conversion capabilities, following the instructions above.

Whether you opt to choose Adobe or Smallpdf, online or offline, 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.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf