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Microsoft Word does not directly support conversion to or from Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF is the format in which documents are saved for viewing and exchange via Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Exchange for Macintosh and Windows.
To convert a PDF document from Adobe Acrobat Reader to Microsoft Word, use one of the following methods appropriate for your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Acrobat Reader Version 4.xUse the following steps to copy text from a PDF file if you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.x:
Acrobat Reader Versions 2.x/3.xUse the following steps to copy the text from a PDF file if you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader 2.x or 3.x:
Notes About Adobe Acrobat ReaderText pasted from Adobe Acrobat Reader retains its character level formatting (for example, fonts, bold, italic, underline, color, and so on). However, some reformatting of the text after you paste it into Microsoft Word is probably necessary.
If security has been set in a PDF file, you may be unable to select and copy the contents of the PDF document for use in Word.
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
NOTE: Acrobat Reader is published by Adobe Systems, Inc. To obtain copies or information about the program or for support, contact Adobe Systems.
For information about how to contact Adobe, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/65416/EN-US/ )Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/60781/EN-US/ )Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/60782/EN-US/ )Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z
Article ID: 187700 - Last Review: August 21, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
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