How to Edit PDFs Using Microsoft Word

I discovered something interesting the other day that I didn’t know. You can edit PDFs using Microsoft Word.

There are many people out there who don’t know about this and are paying extra money to buy software they do not need. The most common thing people will do to edit PDFs is buy Adobe Acrobat because the free Adobe Reader software only allows you to view PDFs, not edit them.

With Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft added the ability to create PDFs within Word, PowerPoint and Excel. In the latest version, they have now added the ability to edit these documents.

We use PDF documents for all kinds of things these days, including contracts, sales materials, ebooks and other documents we may not want edited or that we want to provide as smaller files. Making any changes to these documents for many people is difficult and time consuming.

Instructions on How to Edit PDFs Using Microsoft Word

Editing PDFs in Microsoft Word is remarkably easy but you need to have Microsoft Office 2013, the latest version. You can get this either by buying a one-time license to Office 2013 or as part of an Office 365 subscription.

Then you follow these simple steps:

1.Open Microsoft Word
2.Click File, Open and navigate to the PDF document you would like to open
3.A message will pop up saying it is converting the document from PDF. Click OK.
4.Edit the document
5.To resave it as a PDF, click Save As and choose PDF as the file type.

How to Edit PDFs if You Don’t Have Word 2013

If you don’t have the latest version of Microsoft Office you have two options. You can either purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro (over $500) or you can upgrade your version of Office, which would likely be cheaper if you are just interested in basic PDF editing.

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