Turn PDF files into Word documents using PDF Reflow. Using PDF Reflow is really simple. You just have to click 'File' in the Word /13 ribbon and go to the 'Open' tab. PDF Reflow allows you to convert and edit PDF files using Microsoft Word or higher. Here's how: first, click on File, go to Open, and then. PDF Reflow is built directly into Word so you can access your PDF like any other document. In the ribbon click FILE, and go to the Open tab in the Backstage. Navigate to the PDF location and select the file you would like to convert! Your content, formerly locked up in a PDF, is now yours to work with again.


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A PDF is not created how you would expect -- it does not contain marked up text -- it contains instructions for where to draw text.

PDF Reflow feature in Microsoft Word

And the order the text is drawn does not necessarily correlate with the order in which the text was written. Let's use a newspaper pdf reflow for word 2013 to illustrate the problem.

The text in the columns are usually justified, so the start of the text touches the start of the column, and the end of the text touches the end of the column.


This is done by using individual word spacing, or individual character spacing. What if there are two columns? Should the text flow down a column, or across the page? As humans, we can very easily detect the pattern and understand the flow, but your average PDF file simply does not have enough information pdf reflow for word 2013 a computer to be able to accurately determine the flow of text for whatever file it may encounter.

Knowing this, I was excited to see how well Microsoft have done.

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I quickly downloaded their free preview to try out! Naturally, the first PDF that I chose to open was one of the pdf reflow for word 2013 but perfectly valid files that I knew we had. The file spent some time converting, and when it appeared, I wasn't disappointed. The first few pages appeared to display correctly, and then it went downhill.

A page had been added from the text on the page before it overflowing onto it, a page had been output as an image with uneditable text we output as texttwo pages seemed to have combined together, a page had an inch of the background from another page at the bottom, and going down far pdf reflow for word 2013, Word even froze on me and had to be forcibly quit.

That is from simply viewing the file alone, making no changes.

Microsoft Word PDF Reflow vs PDF to HTML 5 Conversion

At the very least I would expect for them to at least be able to display the PDF file, and for a page to be a page. In other words, when pdf reflow for word 2013 convert a PDF in Word, the elements in the document should act as if you created them in Word.

A list from a PDF, for instance, will act just like any other list pdf reflow for word 2013 Word: It works with any PDF, but because we re-layout the contents, the results are best with documents that are mostly textual, such as legal and business documents.

If a PDF contains mostly images and diagrams, as in a presentation or a brochure, converting it has a much higher likelihood of issues like the one in the columns example above.

For example, take a look at the document below.


Some of the text in the first column wraps to the next line differently and a line from the top of the original second column moved to the end pdf reflow for word 2013 the first. All the original content is there, but because the PDF reflow process values the ability to edit the content over picture-perfect alignment, some of the content repositions.

Keep in mind that PDF Reflow creates a pdf reflow for word 2013 of your content during the conversion. How it works PDF is a fixed file format, which means the file stores where text images and graphics are placed on a page, but not necessarily the relationships among them.