How to convert PDF to Word on Mac: 5 Methods explained

Illustration showing conversion process from PDF to Word on a Mac

PDFs are a part of our everyday life. They are necessary for our duties and for storing official data. At times, due to various purposes, the necessity to convert a PDF file to Word arises. We’ll be going through how to convert PDFs to Word today because they hold dynamic data that has to be updated often. Converting PDF to Word on a Mac is not a difficult operation, and below are 5 ways how you can do it.

Converting PDF to Word using Automator app on Mac

  1. Launch Automator.
  2. Choose Workflow and hit Choose button.

    Choosing Workflow in Automator app on a Mac
  3. From the left column, select Files and Folders then double-click Ask for Finder Items.

    Ask For Finder Items in Automator on a MacBook
  4. Now, go back to the left pane, and click PDFs then either drag or double-click Extract PDF Text.
  5. Select Rich Text from the dialog box. 
  6. Choose the location where you want to Save the Automator extracted file too.

    Export PDF to Text in Automator app on a MacBook
  7. Then on top of your screen, click File → select Save, and change the file format to Application.
  8. Now, go to the application and select the PDF you want to convert to Word. 

Convert PDF to Word on Mac for free with Google Docs

  1. Log in to Google Drive
  2. Upload the PDF you want to convert. 
  3. Click the Settings icon in the top-right corner.

    Opening Settings in Google Drive on a Mac
  4. Check the box next to Convert Uploads and click Done.

    Enabling Convert Uploads in Google Drive on a MacBook
  5. Right-click on the PDF file and choose Open with Google Docs. 
  6. Additionally, to download the file in Word format, follow the following steps:
    File Download Microsoft Word (.docx).  

Convert using Adobe Acrobat Reader

  1. Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat. 
  2. Choose Export PDF from the right column. 
  3. Choose Microsoft Word to export your PDF to any format. 
  4. Click the Export button. 
  5. Select file location. 
  6. Change the file name and click Save.

Use online PDF to Word converters

You can convert PDF files to Word on Mac using several websites. Being aware of a handful of these sites is beneficial because you may visit them from a browser on any operating system. Here are some of the top websites for free online PDF to Word conversion. 

  1. IlovePDF 
  2. SodaPDF 
  3. Zamzar 
  4. PDFOnline 
  5. CleverPDF 
  6. Smallpdf 

Note: It might take some time to convert your PDFs after you upload them to any of the above-mentioned sites, as these are processed on their servers.

5 Best PDF to Word converters for Mac

Apps that convert PDF to Word are available for download from the Mac Program Store and the respective app’s websites. Most of them operate without an internet connection, but a handful might. 

  1. PDF Element 7: We reviewed this Mac app and found it to be great.
  2. EasePDF: We recommend it as we found it to be efficient.
  3. Wondershare PDF Converter for Mac 
  4. Mac PDF Converter Ultimate 
  5. Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac 


Q. Can we edit PDFs without converting them to Word files?

A PDF editor like Soda PDF or others may edit PDF files directly without converting them to Word files. 

Q. Is there a Telegram bot that can convert PDF to Word? 

Yes, we do have a Telegram bot called File Converter that can convert PDF files to Word files. 

Wrapping up

These were the simplest methods for converting a PDF to Word on a Mac. Which method did you find to be the simplest? Post your thoughts in the comments section below. Please feel free to add more techniques or apps that can get the job done. 

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Bhaskar is a tech guru who turned wordsmith. Hiding his B.Tech degree in a closet, he ditched the corporate path to simplify tech for everyone. For the past 5 years, he's been dishing out how-tos, reviews, and sharp insights. But there's more! He's a witty interview champ and has been sharing his wisdom for 3 years. Furthermore, he has honed his editing skills for 1.5 years and is now delving into marketing to assist newcomers. When not jamming his fingers on those mechanical keyboards, you may find him on strings or engaging in sports. And by evening, his quotes will be appearing on your Instagram feeds.

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