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3 Ways to Convert Scanned PDF to Word

2020-10-10 17:08:11 • Filed to: How-To • Proven solutions

When you scan documents, they usually come out in the format of an image-based PDF file. But sometimes scanned PDF can be difficult to work with, especially if you want to edit or extract text. In these cases, you may wonder "How to convert scanned PDF to Word?" If you want to convert scanned PDF to Word for further editing, as it is a lot easier to edit text in a Word Processor, continue reading to learn how to convert PDF to Word with OCR feature in PDFelement.

How to Convert Scanned PDF to Word

PDFelement not only can help you create PDF from scanner, and it also supports to convert scanned PDF to editable Word to retain the save layout and quality of your document with the help of OCR feature. Open the scanned PDF in PDFelement, click the Convert>OCR button to download and install it first. If you have already installed OCR plugin, then choose the Editable Text mode, and select the correct language of your PDF content to perform OCR. After performing OCR, a new editable PDF file will be opened in PDFelement automatically, click the Convert>To Word button to convert it to a word document.

Step 1. Open Scanned PDF

The first step is to launch PDFelement on your computer. Open your scanned PDF file directly by clicking "Open File".

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Step 2. Perform OCR

After opening a scanned PDF file, a notice bar will appear at the top of the window asking if you'd like to "Perform OCR". You'll need to use the OCR function in order to convert the scanned PDF file to an editable Word document.

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After you click "Perform OCR", you need to select the OCR language. In the pop windows, click on "Change Language" and select the right language.

Step 3. Convert Scanned PDF to Editable Word

Go to the "Convert" tab and click on the "To Word" button. In the pop-up window, click the "Settings" button to make sure you have selected the option of "Only Scanned PDF". Then start the scanned PDF to word conversion by clicking on "OK".

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In addition, with PDFelement you can also edit PDF text, images, and pages in your PDF, or mark content with sticky notes, highlighting and more. PDFelement also works as a form filler, which lets you easily create, edit, fill out and sign PDF forms.


Convert Scanned PDF to Editable Word in Batch

Step 1. Launch PDFelement

Launch PDFelement and click the "Batch Process" on the main interface, a pop window will appear. You can use the OCR function to convert the scanned PDF file into an editable format.

Step 2. OCR Scanned PDF in Batch

Go to "OCR" on the left toolbar, then clicking "Add PDF files here" to add scanned PDF file. In right-conner of the pop-up window, select the "Editable Text" option, and select the correct language for your PDF content. Click "Start" to begin the OCR process and you will find the editable PDF file in your local folder. You can also click on this link to find out how to edit a scanned PDF.

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Step 3. Convert Scanned PDF to Editable Word in Batch

After performing OCR, the newly created editable PDF file will be saved in your local folder. Click "Convert" option on the pop batch process window, add the converted PDF file and choose "Word" as the output format. Click the "START" button, then you can convert scanned PDFs to editable Word documents in batch.

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Video on How to Convert Scanned PDF to Word

Compared to convert scanned PDF to Word online, you will get high quality results with desktop converter. Most importantly, it is more safe. Here is the video tutorial for the best scanned PDF to Word converter.


Convert Scanned PDF to Word with PDF Converter Pro

Wondershare PDF Converter Pro is a useful program for users who simply want to convert their PDF files to Word documents, PowerPoint, Excel, or other popular formats. The program's OCR feature lets you convert scanned PDF files into searchable and editable files.

Step 1. Add a Scanned PDF

Download and install PDF Converter Pro on your computer. From there, launch the program to import target files. Go to "OCR", click on the "Add" tab or drag and drop the scanned PDF files that you want to convert to Word into the program window.

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Step 2. Convert scanned PDF to Word with OCR

Once the scanned PDF is open, Wondershare PDF Converter Pro will automatically launch the OCR window. Then select "Word" as the output format and choose an OCR language and click on the "Convert" button. Finally, you will the editable Word document.

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Tips: What is OCR?

OCR is an advanced technology to recognize characters within a scanned PDF or a digital image, which stands for Optical Character Recognition. The OCR technology in PDFelement provides over 25 languages like English, German, French, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Italian, Japanese, and other more that can help you convert scanned PDF to editable word with various different languages.

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