6 Free Online Services For Converting PDF Documents to Word Files
In our previous article "PDF: What It Is, And How PDF-To-Word Conversion Works", we described how the PDF standard was created, and how certain software can convert PDF documents to Word files. In the current article, we will go through six free online PDF-to-Word services.
- PDF-to-Word conversion with free online services
Now that you know that these types of programs utilize OCR techniques, let's present 6 free online services for this specific purpose.
Before we begin, though, it should be noted that the OCR system does not always give the expected results.
iLovePDF includes a wide variety of tools for working efficiently with PDF files. In fact, it allows you to make conversions between several file types, and even merge different PDF files into one.
The allowed file size for uploaded files cannot exceed 10MB, or 15MB for registered users (registration is free). If you wish to convert very large files (up to 40MB), then you can choose the premium version, with a fee of course.
If you decide that a registration is needed for your tasks, you can click on the Register link located at the top right corner of the website, and fill in your details.
After registering, you will receive an email in your inbox, asking you to confirm your account. Doing so will give you the benefits of the free registration, which, apart from bigger file size, include storing uploaded files for two-hours in the service’s servers.
Due to the fact that iLovePDF is the first service in this list, we will go through all the steps required for converting a PDF document to a Word file.
First, click on the PDF to Word button in the main page.
Next, click on the Select PDF File, in order to upload to the iLovePDF platform the file stored in your computer.
If, on the other hand, your PDF files are stored in your Google Drive or Dropbox, you can click on the corresponding icon instead.
When uploading files from your computer, the upload speed depends on your internet connection.
Once the upload process is complete, the following message will be displayed:
You may click on the Download WORD button, in order to download the converted Word file
That’s it! You may check the Word file for the results. As we mentioned previously, the accuracy is not fixed and the quality of the conversion varies from file to file. However, iLovePDF generally gives very satisfying results.
PDF Online is another useful service for converting PDF documents to Word files, with the fewest possible errors possible.
You should avoid downloading the trial version of the product in your computer, because it just converts the first three pages of a document.
So, select the Upload a File to Convert option, so as to upload your file in the website and convert your PDF file online.
The disadvantage of PDF Online is the fact that it doesn’t state the maximum file size allowed to be converted to text. Hence, you can never be sure if your file can be converted with this service.
It certainly works, however, for smaller PDF files (less than 20 pages long), therefore if you succeed into converting one, you will come across the following message, where you will have to click on the Download button:
Then, click on the Download Word file:
Note that the downloaded file type is .rtf, which can worry some users, since most people expect a .doc or .docx extension for Word documents, while .rtf files are not very common. But rtf files are just rich-text format files, so there is no need to worry.
PDF to DOCX also provides free PDF-to-Word conversion, with the ability to process up to 20 files at the same time. Furthermore, you can either download all of the converted files as a zip file, or each one separately. Additionally, it supports multiple languages.
So, in order to upload a PDF file, navigate to the PDF to DOCX tab and click on the UPLOD FILES button.
After uploading your file, and the conversion process is completed, you can download the converted file by clicking on the Download button. However, if you have converted more than one files, you can download all of them by clicking on Download All.
PDF to WORD is the fourth service in this list. Here things are very simple and the process can be performed in three steps.
First, upload the file that you want to convert to a Word file.
Second, enter your email address so that you are sent the link to download the converted file.
Finally, click on the Convert Now button.
Note that in this service, the maximum allowed file size is 5MB. But worry not; this service allows you to use a trial version for 14 days, which covers the conversion of large files.
However, downloading this trial version is not recommended, since there are other available choices which will do just fine.
If your file is within the size limits, then you will receive an email with the download link of the converted file, once the process is complete.
Let’s not judge Small PDF by its name, since it supports converting large files from PDF to Word.
After converting a file successfully, you can either save it in your computer, Dropbox or Google Drive.
Convert Online Free is the last service in this list, which is exceptionally simple and easy to use.
Just select the PDF file you wish to upload and click on the Convert button.
When the conversion process is finished, the converted file is saved automatically in your computer.
We hope that you find these services useful, easy to use, and of high-quality. In this guide we picked online services because, apart from their flexibility, they also have the advantage of being free, whilst most (if not all) PDF to Word conversion software are shareware, meaning that they provide a trial version which adds a watermark in the converted file, or converts a limited number of pages, unless you pay for it.
If you know any free PDF-to-Word converter, let us know in the comments section below!