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How to convert a Word document to PDF and vice versa

Hello! PDF files are certainly very popular. Indeed, their ease of use, security options and compatibility make them widely used. In addition, a PDF file can be embedded into any website without any problems. For that reason, there are many tools to convert files to PDF format. On the other hand, Word is the best known word processor. As part of Microsoft Office, it uses the .DOC or .DOCX protocol. It is well known that this type of file can cause compatibility problems. Furthermore, as mentioned, PDF is compatible with almost all operating systems. Therefore, it is interesting to know how to convert PDF files to Word and vice versa. Don’t worry, it’s a practical but very simple process. Besides, it is not necessary to install third party tools. Nor is it necessary to resort to web pages. Let’s see how to convert a Word document to PDF and vice versa.

How to Convert a Word File.

The first thing you have to do is open the Word document. Then click on the File menu. Then select Save as.

Opening a PDF file in Microsoft Word 2019
Opening a PDF file in Microsoft Word 2019

Immediately a menu will be displayed with the possible save destinations. You can use the suggestions or explore a new location.

Selecting the storage location.
Selecting the storage location.

Once the destination location has been established, a floating window will be displayed. There you must set a couple of parameters. First the name of the file. Then you must set the type of file to be saved. Please scroll down to select PDF.

Converting a Word file to PDF.
Converting a Word file to PDF.
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Back to the save menu you can see that the file is ready to be saved in PDF format. You can confirm the saving or enter the options.

Word document to be saved as PDF.
Word document to be saved as PDF.

If you pressed Options, you will see a menu like the one below.

Saving options.
Saving options.

There you will see different options of the file. For example, the range of pages plus the document properties. In addition to options related to the PDF file. It is even possible to encrypt it with a password. After making the changes and clicking on Save, you will see the file successfully converted to PDF.

Word file successfully converted to PDF.
Word file successfully converted to PDF.

How to convert a PDF file to Word.

Microsoft Word has the ability to manage PDF files. Despite some limitations, most files can be opened. So the first thing we will do is open the document. Please follow the steps in the previous section. When you try to open the file, you will see a warning like the one below.

Basically, Word warns that the conversion may take a while. Also, that the document will optimize the text. Therefore, the images may not look the same. After a few moments, you will see a PDF file. With the advantage that it can be edited. Now repeat the same steps as above. But when saving, please select the DOCX format.

Converting the file
Converting the file

And that’s it! In this simple way we have seen how to convert Word document to PDF and vice versa. Without a doubt it is a practical utility for editing documents. Bye!

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