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How to Convert Scanned PDF to Word

Wanna edit scanned PDF files in word processor or need to copy and paste content from scanned PDF to Microsoft Word? If so, read on to learn how to convert scanned PDF to Word in Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Windows. After you finish the scanned PDF to Word conversion, you can edit, copy and paste scanned PDF content freely on Microsoft Word processor. 

To convert scanned PDF to Word, you need a PDF to Word converter. You must know that Microsoft Office offers the options of saving files to PDF format, right? However, Adobe doesn't offer the option to save scanned PDF to Word within PDF file itself. In short, PDF itself is not able to do the conversion. You need a third party app to do the task. To convert scanned PDF to Word document, we recommend you Wondershare PDF Converter Software. Its built-in OCR technology is able to extract content from scanned PDF and store in Microsoft Word. Below are the simple steps for how to convert scanned PDF to Word on Wondershare PDF Converter Pro. 

Step 1. Download and install PDF Converter Pro

Click the download button to download the right PDF Converter Pro version for your Mac or Windows PC. And then double-click the installation package to install it. 

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Step 2. Import scanned PDF files and enable OCR function

Click the quick start icon on the desktop to launch the scanned PDF to Word Converter. Drag and drop image-based PDF files to the app. The moment a scanned PDF is uploaded, a dialogue box will appear, reminding you of selecting the right language for the PDF file and enabling  the OCR function. All you need to do is to choose the language and click "Enable OCR". 

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Step 3. Select Microsoft Word as the output format

From the primary window of Scanned PDF to Word Converter, click "Microsoft Word" in output format drop-down list. By default, all the output documents will be Microsoft Word files.

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Step 4. Convert scanned PDF to Word

Click  the Convert button to convert scanned PDF to Word document. In a few minutes, Wondershare PDF Converter Pro will finish the whole process perfectly for you. Bingo! This is how to convert scanned PDF to Word. If you have some password protected PDF files, please read how to convert password protected PDF to Word>>

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I have the same problem DV had 2 years ago with the OCR, the word output file from a pdf is out of alignement therefore not very useful. This was 2 years ago hopefully that bug has been fixed. (the original file is a 300ppm definition printed from a pdf file)
hopefully this converter help me out. i tried allot of those converter but none was able to satisfy.
Hey, DV I'm sorry to hear that. Wondershare Converter Pro works well to convert scanned PDF with high resolution. I don't know what caused the problem you've encountered. Anyway, I will tell our programmer about it, hoping we will fix it as soon as possible.
I have registered Converter Pro but when I convert scanned pdf to word the resulting text is all out of alignment which makes editing difficult. is there a fix for this?
On the right side of the main window, you can see an item named as "Output Folder". From here, you can find the destination where you've stored the output files. Or after conversion, click the little folder icon on each PDF item bar to open the output folder directly.
I have downloaded free version convert my file but it did not ask me the output folder where my file is?
Hey, Edodd 3, Wondershare PDF Converter Pro works for both native and scanned PDF files. Just download the app to have a try.
Does this only work with scanned documents? I have documents on my computer I want converted to Word 2007 from PDF.
Hey, Gunjanmas, You can try Wondershare PDF Converter Pro trial version for 15 days.
free trial version work how long time?