You are here:

How do I save a PDF as a text file (including as Word)?

Save the PDF to your own computer

You can save PDF documents to your computer either from a web page's link or using the browser's 'Save As' command.

Macintosh Users

To download a PDF document from a link—

  1. Click and hold the mouse on the link to a PDF document (Control and click), then choose the Save This Link As/Download Link to Disk (depending on your browser) from the pop-up menu.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, select a location on your computer, then click Save.

To download a PDF document you’ve opened—

  1. Click the floppy disk icon that appears directly above the PDF display area.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, select a location on your computer, then click Save.

 

Windows Users

To download a PDF document from a link— 

  1. Right-click the link to a PDF document, then choose Save Link As/Save Target As from the pop-up menu.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, select a location on your computer, then click Save.

To download a PDF document you’ve opened— 

  1. Simply click the floppy disk icon that appears directly above the PDF display area.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, select a location on your computer, then click Save.

 

Save the whole document as a text file

  1. Open the PDF saved to your computer using Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader software.

  2. Click File > Save as.

  3. Click the ‘Save as type’ drop-down list and select the file format you want to save as (e.g. Word.docx, Word.doc or Rich Text Format.rtf).

  4. Choose where on your computer you want to save the file and click Save.


Last updated 15 March 2019 at 11:31