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PDF to Text – Convert PDF to Text Online for Free

by Hung Nguyen

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Use Smallpdf’s free online converter to save a PDF into an editable text file. No sign-up is required.

One of the big advantages of PDFs is that they’re not editable. It makes them easy to share without worrying about others making changes. However, there may come a time when you need to edit your PDF. Use our PDF to Text converter, which has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) embedded, to transform all the original file’s content into an editable text document.

How Do I Convert a PDF to Text?

  1. Drag your file into the PDF-to-Text converter.

  2. Select OCR if needed, or choose “Convert selectable text.”

  3. Wait while we convert your file in seconds.

  4. Download your file as a fully editable Word doc!

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Fingersnap and your file will be converted from PDF to TXT!

Usage Limitations


Using Smallpdf is entirely free of charge for a limited number of times per day. If you need more, you can remove this daily limit with a Smallpdf Pro account, unlocking additional features like batch processing and the best OCR for converting file formats. The software will extract text from your PDF file and convert it right on our platform. Your new file will be a fully editable text file—this works for scanned PDF files, too.

We work hard to improve our OCR capabilities to make sure your files’ formatting stays as close to the original file as possible. You can even convert PDF files into other editable formats, such as Excel and PPT.

If you’re not ready to commit straight away, you can get a 7-day free trial to test out all the features we have on offer.

More Than a PDF to Text Converter


You can use Smallpdf to convert PDFs to text files regardless of your operating system, as our cloud platform works directly within your internet browser. Other than conversion capabilities, there are around two dozen PDF tools in our collection, where you can:

  • Edit - Edit text and add text and shapes to your PDF.
  • eSign - Sign your documents online with an electronic signature.
  • Split - Separate a PDF into individual pages or extract the ones you need.
  • Merge - Combine multiple PDFs together.
  • Image to PDF - Convert various image files into PDFs.

Our goal at Smallpdf is to make your work with PDFs easier, and we hope this article helps you do that.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf