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Conversion to PDF Failed: How to Convert PDF to Word Document (FULL GUIDE)

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing tools available for both Windows 10 and macOS. It is, unfortunately, not free. It went from being a one-time purchase to a subscription-based app which means not everyone has it. The DOCX format is not universal. You will find that there are plenty of apps that can open a DOCX file but editing this format or converting to it from a different one isn’t always easy.

trouble converting your PDF to Word

PDF is not converting to Word correctly?

Microsoft Word can convert files to PDF and it can, likewise, convert a PDF file to the DOCX format. Microsoft Word doesn’t guarantee that it will be able to convert a PDF file to a Word document. This is because not all PDF files originate as Word files. 

If you’re trying to convert a PDF file to Word but the app fails, try the fixes below.

How to Convert PDF to Word Document

1. Use Adobe’s online converter

Adobe’s Acrobat reader doesn’t have a file conversion feature however, Adobe has an official online conversion tool that can convert a PDF to a Word file. If Microsoft Word isn’t able to convert a PDF file to a DOCX file, you should try the online tool.

  1. Visit the Convert PDF to Word tool.
  2. Upload the file to the tool.
  3. Once it’s been converted, click the Download button to save.

2. Use a third-party app

Some apps do better converting a PDF to a Word document than others. If the file the Adobe’s tool converted isn’t retaining the format of the original PDF file, try a third-party tool. 

While there is no shortage of tools that can convert PDF to Word, you should give the Nitro tool a try. Nitro has developed one of the best desktop PDF viewers and it has an online conversion tool that works really well.

  1. Visit the Nitro online PDF to Word conversion tool.
  2. Upload the file to the tool.
  3. Enter an email to receive the converted file.
  4. Click Convert now.
  5. The file will convert within seconds, and it will be emailed to you.


Converting a document format from one to another isn’t easy. The formatting that is applied may not always be retained. The problems with formatting come with layout (tables, images, shapes), and with text styles (headings, paragraph styles, indents). PDF files are meant for publishing documents online and they may not retain formatting information that the DOCX format does which is why there will always be exceptions to a converted file. That said, conversion is normally always possible. If one app can’t do it, there will always be others that can.

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