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PDF is a portable file format that is independent of application software, operating system, and hardware. And that is what makes PDF files great. But the even better thing about PDF documents is you can convert them to any other file type. For example, if you want, you can find out how to convert Preview to Word. Preview is the default PDF application in the macOS, but it fails to do this particular task. For example, let's say you download an article online, and it opens in Preview. You cannot convert it to Word, unless you find a third party application to do that for you. Try PDFelement for Mac.

Unlike Preview, there are other PDF tools that are complete solutions. That means in addition to viewing and editing PDF files, you can also convert them to other file types. PDFelement for Mac comes with conversion feature, and many other advanced features that can help you with anything PDF-related. Here are some of the key features:

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  1. Convert files to Word any other file types, or vice versa to PDF. Use batch conversion for converting multiple documents at once
  2. Create fillable forms with all types of interactive form controls
  3. Comprehensive annotation palette, including highlight, stamp, comment, note, fill out, and draw on PDF
  4. Extract data from PDF files easily
  5. Protect your PDF with password encryption. Add specific restrictions to certain parts of the document
  6. Edit PDF text, images, objects and links etc.

How to Convert Preview to Word

With that in mind, here is a step by step guide how to convert Preview to Word. As mentioned previously, you need a third party app to do the conversion. Preview doesn't have a "Convert" feature.

Step 1: Open the PDF

Open the PDF file in PDFelement 6. Click on "Convert", and a pop up window will appear.

In the pop-up window, choose the file type you want to convert the file into. Choose "To Word" if you want to convert Preview to word. There are other output formats available, including Excel, PowerPaint, and others.

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Step 2: Set Options for Coversion

On the right side of the panel, you will notice an "Options" tab. Click on this tab to specify the options of the conversion. For example, you can set the page range. There are other settings you can change, and it all depends on the output of your choosing and your preference for conversion.

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Step 3: Convert Preview to Word

Now that you've set up all the options, just click on "Convert". You will need to select an output folder where your new file will be saved. The process will start once you choose the folder.

Last, but not least, if you want, you can add more than one documents for conversion. PDFelement for Mac supports batch conversion. Click "Batch Process" on the main interface. Click "Add files" in the "Convert" section to convert more than one file.

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Tips for Converting Preview to Word

Here are some tips that will make your conversion easier.

  1. Make sure to check whether the recipient can open the file in newer Word format. The standard Word format is now "*.docx", but not all users have Office 2007 or newer. Plus, the older "*.doc" format is more compatible with other apps
  2. If you want to keep basic formatting elements like bold, italic, or underlined fonts, convert your file to rich text format or "*.RTF"
  3. Converting PDF to Word is another way of saying "how to edit PDF in Word". If you need just small changes and the PDF software allows it, do not waste time converting

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Published: Nov 13,2017 10:00 am / Updated: Nov 13,2017 10:00 am

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