Microsoft Office 2013: How to turn your PDFs into “Real” Documents

What is your best bet when you want to edit the text in a PDF file? Anyone who wants to edit a PDF file knows how frustrating it can be. Since most of the PDF files come in a “read-only” format, for most of you, the best way to edit your PDF files is to convert them into a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet with the help of PDF converters. But all these software have their own disadvantages, ranging from interface problems to conversion issues to messy outputs. However, with Office 2013 productivity suite, Microsoft has relieved its users of the hassle of purchasing Adobe Acrobat Professional or downloading other expensive PDF converters to open and edit their PDF documents.

With Word 2013, you can now seamlessly convert your PDF documents into a Word document and edit them. Designed with attention to heuristics, Microsoft Word 2013 features PDF Reflow, a feature that offers you a built-in ability to edit tables, lists, headings, columns, and paragraphs by converting your PDFs into “real” documents. Let’s see how to do that:

Convert a PDF file into a “real” Word file

  1. To open the PDF file in Word 2013, click ‘File’ and click ‘Open.’
  2. Navigate to the PDF file location and click ‘Browse.’
  3. Locate the PDF file and click ‘Open.’

Once the PDF file opens, you can now edit it like any other Word document. Word 2013 empowers you with the ability to edit the text, delete paragraphs, tables, pages, as well as add more pages, just like you do with any other Word document.

Save Office 2013 document to a password-protected PDF

With Microsoft Office 2013, you can directly save the edited documents to the PDF, without the necessity of going through a PDF converter. Let’s see how to do that:

  1. Once you have edited the document, click the ‘File’ tab on the left side of your Word 2013 window.
  2. Click ‘Save as’ dialog box and choose a location and a folder.
  3. Now enter the name of the file in the Name box.
  4. In the ‘Save as type’ list, select PDF (*.pdf) and hit ‘Save’ to save your edited document in the PDF file format.

Thus, of all the powerful enhancements that Microsoft 2013 offers in its Office 2013 productivity suite, the ability to turn your PDFs into “real” documents and edit them in Word has proved to be the cherry on the cake.

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