How to Make a Word Document into a PDF File and a PDF File into a Word Document for Free

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Word and PDF files are two common formats used in creating documents. Word files are editable documents, which means that a recipient can change the information in the document without your knowledge or consent. A PDF file is in the form of a document image -- although it can be edited, doing so typically requires special software. Converting documents between Word and PDF formats can be achieved by free programs available online,

Converting Word to PDF

  • Visit a conversion website such as Free PDF Convert or download a conversion program such as Doc 2 PDF or Cute PDF.

  • Open the Word document if you are using downloaded software, or select the Word document from your hard drive if you are using an online conversion tool.

  • Select "Print" from the menu at the top of the Word document if you are using downloaded software. Select the conversion software as the destination printer. Click "Print" to initiate the conversion process.

  • Enter your email address and click the "Convert" button if you are using an online conversion tool. The tool will email the converted document, which you can retrieve and save from your email inbox.

  • Convert the file directly from Word or other word processing program to PDF if your word processing software supports PDF conversion. Click on the "File" tab, select "Save as" or "Export as" from the drop-down menu and select PDF as the format.

Converting PDF to Word

  • Visit a PDF conversion site such as PDF to Word or PDF Online, or download free conversion software such as Hello PDF.

  • Select the PDF file you want to convert from your hard drive if you are using an online conversion tool. Enter your email address and click the "Convert" button. Retrieve the converted file from your email inbox.

  • Open the downloaded PDF conversion software. Browse your hard drive from within the software to locate the file you want to convert. Select the pages you want to turn into a Word file and click the "Convert" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check document copyrights before converting a PDF file to Word if you did not create the document. Editing a PDF file in Word may violate a copyright or user agreement.

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