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Convert PDF File - Adobe Acrobat Pro
You can convert a PDF file into another file format using Adobe Acrobat X Pro. A PDF file can be converted into an image, Word document, Excel spreadsheet, and a variety of other options. This article will look closely at converting PDF files to Word and Excel files, as well as copying/converting specific selections and saving the individual images within a PDF.
Quick links to sections in this article:
Convert to Word Document  Convert to Excel Spreadsheet  Copy/Convert Selections
Export Images
Video - Convert PDF File

To access all of the conversion options, go to File and Save As... The options are located in the third grouping (Image, Microsoft Word, Spreadhseet, More Options).

Convert to Word Document

Step 1:With the PDF open in Acrobat, click File, Save As..., Microsoft Word, and choose your Word program.

Save as Word Document
Step 2:Click Settings... from the Save As window.

Save As Settings
Step 3:Choose your settings and click OK.

Choose Settings
Layout Settings:
Retain Flowing Text - Exports content of PDF, but object positions may be changed (easier to edit).
Retain Page Layout - Exports content of PDF into text boxes so that object positions stay the same (more difficult to edit).

Include Comments:
PDF comments will appear as text boxes, higlights, or strikeouts in Word.

Image Settings:
Choose to include or ignore images.

OCR Settings:
If the PDF is a scanned image, Run OCR if needed will change the text into editable characters.
Step 4:Choose the name and location for your file and click Save.

Save File
Step 5:The file will automatically open in Word.

File in Word

Convert to Excel Spreadsheet

Step 1:With the PDF open in Acrobat, click File, Save As..., Spreadsheet, and choose your Excel program.

Save As Excel Workbook
Step 2:Click Settings... from the Save As window.

Save As Settings
Step 3:If the PDF file is a scanned image, check Run OCR if needed and click OK.

Run OCR if Image is Scanned
Step 4:Choose the name and location for your file and click Save.

Save File
Step 5:The file will automatically open in Excel.

File in Excel

Copy/Convert Selections
You can select a portion of a PDF file to copy or convert instead of converting the entire file. The select tool will convert text and images as well as the format.

Step 1:Open the PDF file in Acrobat. Step 2:Choose the Select tool.

Select Tool
Step 3:Hover over a blank space in the portion of the PDF you wish to select. Your cursor will look like this:

Select Tool Cursor

If your cursor does not look like this (you may be hovering over text or an image), press the [Ctrl] key and hold it down while making your selection.
Step 4:Click and drag across the portion. You can select part of a page or multiple pages.

Select Portion
Step 5:Right click on the selection. You can choose to copy or export it.

Right Click to Copy or Export
Step 6:If you choose to copy the selection, you can paste it into another program. If you export it, choose the program you would like to save it in.

Export Images
You can save the individual images within a PDF to open or edit in another program.

Step 1:Open the PDF file in Acrobat. Step 2:Click on the Tools pane in the upper right corner.

Tools Pane
Step 3:Click the Menu button and choose Document Processing.

Menu, Document Processing
Step 4:Click Export All Images.

Export All Images
Step 5:Choose the name, file type, and location for your image folder. You may click Settings... to edit the image folder settings. Click Save.

Save File
Step 6:The exported images will appear in a folder.

Images in Folder

Video
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