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converting pdf files to Word

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  1. brooke

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    There is a Acrobat pdf file that I need to convert to Word97 for editing purposes. I can't seem to figure it out. I have tried saving it in rich-text format, but it still loses all the formating. I have the full version of Acrobat 5.0.
     
  2. jbcalg

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    i don't think you're doing anything wrong

    just tried a few test saves (save as rtf, and text copy, paste and also text copy, paste special) and they all lost the document format (simple columns etc)

    think adobe just grabs the text and copies it unlike other software (especially MS stuff) which will retain most formatting with the .rtf file type

    bummer, looks like reformatting once the text is saved in whatever format :(
     
  3. Anne Troy

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    Acrobat Reader has a Text toolbar button with a T (new versions) or an A (older versions). Click on that, select what you want, copy and paste into Word. It will likely come in very badly formatted.

    PDF = Portable Document Format

    Often used because they don't want people to have the ability to take their stuff. If this file was created within your own company, find out where the *source* document is and see if you can't get the original file, which is likely an editable Word document.
     
  4. TechChick

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    Did you try using the Adobe Acrobat Help feature? Not many people here use the full version of Adobe Acrobat. I don't have much experience with it either, but when I'm trying to perform a function with a piece of software, I always give the program's Help a try.
     
  5. Whinyguy

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    To add to Dreamboat's comment, the full versions of Adobe Acrobat have the Text Select Tool (V) which shows as a T with a dotted square on the toolbar. Select the Text Select Tool button, then click and drag over the text in the pdf file - it will be highlighted. Go to Edit, Copy and then Paste it into your Word 97 document.
     
  6. brooke

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    I have tried the HELP option. It has plenty of help on how to convert FROM Word. I will give the text tool a try, but I know it won't paste the table and graphics at the top of the form. Consider this thread closed and thanks for all of your help.
     
  7. jbcalg

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    already tried the text tool for ya - per above post - no go
    there's a graphic grabber too, which may grab the table or not depending on how it converted and from which program

    adobe is primarily an end use or passive type of software ie
    convert to pdf as final product,
    not from pdf to use elsewhere

    so the text and graphic tools can help grab the different portions of the pdf, but you still need to do some editing and formatting if you want to use the data in an active app like word procesing

    as DB posted - see if you can find the source file
     
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