Portable document format (PDF) is a common file type used to create copies of original documents that are readable by users who might not have the software from which the documents were originally created. While PDF editing software is available for a fee, it is fairly simple to take the text from a PDF file and convert it into word processing freeware, such as OpenOffice.org Writer.
1. Open the PDF document that you want to convert to the word processing shareware format. You will need PDF reading software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is used in this example. If you do not already have a PDF reading program, use the link below to download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.
2. Click once on the “Edit” drop-down menu and select the “Copy File to Clipboard” option.
3. Open the word processing shareware program that you want to use. In this example, Open Office.org Writer is used. You can download the OpenOffice.org suite using the link below.
4. Click once on the “Paste” button on the word processing program. If there is no “Paste” button, click once on the “Edit” drop-down menu and select “Paste.” This action will paste the text from the PDF file into the word shareware document.
5. Edit the text to match the formatting of the source PDF document, where applicable. Although copying the PDF file contents to the clipboard will carry the text, it will rarely hold the original formatting.