Editing a PDF directly in Microsoft Word

Editing a PDF directly in Microsoft Word can be done, but keep in mind that the success of this process depends on the complexity and formatting of the PDF. Simple text-based PDFs are more likely to be successfully edited, while complex graphics or layouts may not convert perfectly. Here’s how you can try to edit a PDF in Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Word (Office 2013 and later):

  1. Open Microsoft Word:
    • Launch Microsoft Word on your computer.
  2. Go to “File” and Open PDF:
    • Click on the “File” tab.
    • Select “Open” and browse to the location of your PDF file.
  3. Choose PDF File:
    • Select the PDF file you want to open and click “Open.”
  4. Conversion Process:
    • Word will attempt to convert the PDF to an editable Word document. You may see a dialog box indicating that the conversion might take some time.
  5. Review and Edit:
    • Once the conversion is complete, you will see your PDF content in Word.
    • Review the document, and you can start making edits as needed.
  6. Save as Word Document:
    • After making your edits, save the document in Word format (.docx) by clicking on “File” > “Save As” and choosing the appropriate format.


  • After editing, check the formatting and layout to ensure it matches your expectations.
  • Complex PDFs with intricate formatting, graphics, or tables may not convert perfectly, and manual adjustments might be needed.

If the above method doesn’t work well for your PDF or if you need more advanced editing capabilities, you might want to consider using a dedicated PDF editor or converter. These tools are designed to handle various types of PDFs and offer more control over the editing process. Popular options include Adobe Acrobat, Foxit PhantomPDF, and Nitro PDF.

Remember to respect copyright and licensing agreements when editing or converting PDFs, especially if the content is not your own.