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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 signup is required.

Are you stuck with a non-editable PDF document? There’s no need to purchase an expensive PDF editor or converter. Smallpdf offers 20+ tools to compress, modify, and of course, convert PDF into editable text files. Use our PDF to Text converter, which has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) embedded to transform all the content of the original file into an editable text document.

How Do I Convert a PDF to Text?

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

  2. Choose to use OCR if needed, otherwise select “convert to Word.”

  3. Wait for the tool to convert your file in a matter of seconds.

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


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

Usage Limitation


Using Smallpdf is entirely free of charge for up to two times per day. However, these limitations can be removed with a Smallpdf Pro account, which also unlocks additional features like batch processing, and the best OCR when converting file formats. Even if you upload scanned PDF files, the software will extract text and convert your PDF file right on our platform, and the output file will be a fully editable text file.

As our OCR is continuously tested over time, we aim to keep the formatting 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 PDF 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 PDF - add text and shapes to your PDF
  • eSign PDF - 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 hope this article achieves just that!

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf