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How to Convert PDF to Word on Mac: The Always Up-to-Date Guide

The greatest part about PDF lies in its being the best file carrier to store content because it can be used in different systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. and it can be even converted to any other formats. And Word, is always a best way to type content.

That is no wonder, there are many times we need to make changes on a pdf without going back to its source document. To make this pdf editable again, we need to convert pdf to editable word on mac. Here you will be introduced with different solutions, free or paid, according to different situations.

The Most Efficient Way

To save time and efforts on converting a PDF to Word on Mac, you need an efficient tool to perform the conversion automatically and bring the best results (without data and formatting sacrificed).

Cisdem PDFtoWordConverter(Price at only $29.99),a highly recommended tool to convert a PDF into Word documents that retains as much as the original. It accurately reproduces the original layout including images, tables and columns, which will reduce the need to retype the document manually or get rid of the tedious copy-paste job.

What makes it excel the others is not only attributing to high conversion quality, but also to its capability to convert encrypted PDF files. With a known PDF password, the Cisdem PDFtoWord Converter will directly remove the password protection from PDF and convert. In the case you forgot or lost the PDF password, it will offer you the solution to unlock pdf before conversion.

Download the free trial of Cisdem PDF to Word Converter Now!

Steps to Convert PDF to Word on Mac 

  1. Import Files for Conversion(Batch Conversion is Supported)

After download, install and run Cisdem PDFtoWordConverter on mac, drag and drop the PDFs into it or directly click "+" to add files. You can upload up to 50 PDF files each time.
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  1. Tweak the Settings(Customize your conversion)

Select all pages or page range as needed. Choose the output format "PDF to Docx" or "PDF to Rtfd" before conversion.
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  1. Convert PDF Files to Word on Mac Instantly

Select the file,then click the convert button to begin conversion process.If you need to convet in batch, click the files and press "Shift" to choose several PDFs for conversion. The status bar will indicate the process status.
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  1. Finally, check the results

You will find no information is lost, and no formatting is messed up.

pdf to word results

If there is a lock icon appearing with the imported PDF, it means the PDF is password-protected.

For PDFs protected with an owner password from editing, printing and copying, Cisdem PDFtoWordConverter will directly decrypt the PDF and convert to Word;

For those PDFs protected by open password from opening, just click on the lock icon and enter into your password to continue the conversion process.If you lost the password,turn to PDFPasswordRemover for help.

Scanned PDF to Word

Surely, there are probabilities that, besides of native PDFs, you will have to turn scanned PDFs to Word on mac, or you might want to convert the PDF document to other file formats such as Excel, HTML, or Pages. No worry, you have the solution.

PDFConverterOCR is a great affordable desktop application to get the file format you want and most of all, it is an easy-to-use PDF Converter with OCR ability, which can converts both native and scanned PDF documents into editable and well-formatted word documents.

Download the free trial of Cisdem PDFConverterOCR Now!

Steps to Convert Scanned PDF to Word on Mac

  1. Import Files for Conversion(Batch Conversion is Supported)

Once the PDFConverterOCR is launched on your mac, you just need to drag and drop the scanned PDF file to the interface of the program.You can also add files or delete files by clicking the "+" or "-" icon at the bottom of the program.Batch conversion is also supported.
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  1. Adjust Preference for Accurate OCR Results

After adding the PDF files, you need to turn the OCR function ON, select the language from the drop-down list and set the output as Word(Docx/Doc).Also, you can convert the scanned PDF to other supported formats.

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  1. Perform OCR on Scanned PDF and Save PDF as Word

Click "Convert" to convert scanned pdf to word on mac, choose the output folder. You can check the conversion status with status bar.

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For Users Who Adobe Installed

Adobe Acrobat enables users to convert PDF to word and it may be the most convenient way for people who already got Adobe Acrobat to read PDF files because it does not require installing any other services or programs. In addition, the operation is quite simple.

Follow the steps to convert PDF to Editable Word on Mac Now!          
Step 1: Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat.
Step 2: Click the "File" option on the top navigation bar of Adobe Acrobat.
Step 3: Click the"Save As" option.
Step 4: Select the "PDF to Word" option.
Step 5: Type a name for the document. Select a Word file type (.doc or .docx) and click the "Save" button. The document is now saved as a Microsoft Word document.

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If your PDF is scanned, try to perform OCR with Adobe Acrobat and convert them into Word.


  • The output format is limited
  • It does not support batch conversion


Online Solution

Solution#01:Online Free PDFtoWord Converter

People always return to online free PDF to Word tools for convenience and free of charge. These tools are genuinely recommended if you are working on simple and native PDFs.

You can choose Smallpdf, ZAMZAR, PDF Converter, Online2PDF,PDF to DOC, PDF Online or whatever as you like. But here we will take Smallpdf as a demonstration to show how a native and simple PDF is converted to Word format.

  1. Go to Smallpdf, upload files from your mac, Dropbox or Google Drive;

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  1. Click the download link to download converted file in Word format.

Way#02: Web-based Plug-in

Google provides an online platform for users to manage their documents---Google Docs. In Google Docs, you can open PDFs and download the file in Word or other editable formats. 

  1. Go to Google account>Google Drive;
  2. Click "New" to upload file;
  3. Right click on the file,open with Google Docs;
  4. Go to File>Download as>Word.


  • The most annoying problem for the online solutions is absolutely the conversion quality. A bunch of PDF elements may not be converted just right with these free solutions( Font effects,Special symbols that appears in an equation or other languages,Tables with cell spacing,Frames Footnotes and Endnotes,Audio&video&images&PDF active elements,PDF bookmarks,PDF comments,PDF tags)
  • If you are looking for batch conversion and high conversion quality, try the most efficient solution Cisdem PDFtoWordConverter.

Extended Knowledge on Word Format

Word, the abbreviation of Microsoft Word or MS-WORD created by company Microsoft, is a graphical word processing program enables users to type with. It allows the users to type and save documents. The Word can be outputted in Doc or Docx format. 

Doc is a binary file format system which can save the formatted text, images, graphs and page, it is the older format used in MS Word 2003 and earlier version. While Docx is a XML format that can coordinate between different Office programs, it is the default format used in Word 2007 and later version.

The Difference Between Doc and Docx.

  • Doc can be read in all MS Word versions but Docx can be only read in Word 2007 and later version unless you have installed some adds-on or compatibility packs in MS Word 2003;
  • Docx file size is 75% less than the file size of doc;
  • Docx files can easily convert into doc, .html, .rtf and other file formats, but a doc has to be converted in the aid of professional software;
  • Docx is an opener file format that can be easily accessible;
  • Docx is more powerful and versatile on features.

It seems that Docx is a better output format. So, for your convenience, you are recommended to convert your PDFs into Docx.

What about you?

Do you have other recommendations on PDF to Word converters for mac? Or, have you tried any one in my list? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

2017-02-26 20:41:42 / Posted byRosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

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16 Responses

  • Bekky

    I think more users will choose PDFConverterOCR because of the OCR feature, you know, if you are desk-bound, you will deal with scanned files.

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    11 months ago REPLY
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    1 years ago REPLY
  • Alexander

    I used Cisdem PDF to Word Converter with OCR to convert my scanned PDF files, it worked very well. There are many tables and images on my PDF file, this converter convert them perfectly. The only regret is that this application doesn't supports to batch convert, but so did others.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Laura

    When I click on the Convert button, a screen pops up asking for a "key code" before it will convert. What's the key code?

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa

    Many developers provides a free trial for each users, but if you want to use those application to convert, you need to go to their website to get a key code.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Jay

    Useful article. Detailed steps. Using PDF to Word converter software may be a good choice. I will try Cisdem PDF to Word Converter.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Dyson

    When the file is uploaded, it will be immediately uploaded to your Google Drive and right away opened for preview. Convert a PDF to a Word Document Step 25.

    1 years ago REPLY
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    PDF to word converter with OCR is so great! I had a complex scanned PDF file and I wanted to convert it to Word. This application is powerful, it retains all formats. Thanks for it.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • will

    I just went to zamzar and it is NOT free and the latest reader, Adobe Feader DC does NOT save as a .docx. It saves as txt.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Helga746

    Three ways to convert PDF to Word, and every way all are equipped with detailed steps to operate. Writer is so great!!! I used solution 2 as my PDF was OCR file. Its transition effects were great. I like it!!!

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Nora Osborne

    Useful article, writer recommended various methods to convert PDF to Word and very detailed steps. It is great. I will try.

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