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How to Edit PDF Files in Word 2013

Finally, Microsoft Word 2013 enables users to edit PDF files. If you do not know how to edit PDF in Word 2013, read the details.

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Posted by Emily Xiao | @Emily Xiao | Category: PDF Editing Tips
Published: May 21,2015 11:30 am / Updated: May 28,2015 11:16 am

Finally, Microsoft Word 2013 comes with the expected highlighted feature: edit PDF files. This is so far the most welcomed feature, which is especially friendly to business. Editing PDF with Word 2013 is just like what you would do to a Word document:

  • In Word 2013, click File > Open.
  • Browse your computer for the PDF file, and then click Open.
  • Make any change you want, just liking editing a Word doc: insert, revise and delete text, insert or delete images, change the layout, etc.

Easy, isn’t it? However, when you open a PDF file with Word 2013, some formatting may be lost in the process of converting PDF to editable Word documents. It means you can’t get the original PDF document formatting back even after you finishing editing it in Word 2013. Maybe, this is the reason why Microsoft rolls out this expected feature so late. It’s really hard to keep the original PDF formatting in Word documents, after all PDF format is quite different from Word document.


In this case, if you still insist on editing a PDF file with Microsoft Word 2013 while keeping the original PDF formatting, then you should convert PDF to Word 2013 first. Then open the output Word document for further editing. There is another problem as well: Microsoft Word 2013 cannot edit PDF form fields or let you fill out a form. What a pity.


What about directly editing PDF files without converting to Word Doc? If you want to skip the converting process and get down to PDF editing right away, I don't think Microsoft Office will help much. You need a professional PDF editing tool, like Wondershare PDF Editor. It is a complete PDF solution designed for small businesses and individuals. Besides letting you create, edit, and convert PDF documents, what’s more important, it enables you to edit, fill, or even sign PDF forms.

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I like the feature: editing PDF in Word 2013. To be honest, now I am looking forward to the official version. And if I have an informal PDF file, maybe I will edit it directly in Word 2013. However, for format PDF files, like contracts, receipts, reports, etc, I still prefer a professional PDF application. Hope Microsoft will make it better for users to edit PDF files in Word 2013.

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