How to edit a PDF in Microsoft Word

Microsoft have released an update to Microsoft Word that now allows you to edit PDFs within the Microsoft Word application. This means no expensive 3rd party applications are required! Here's a quick guide explaining how to do so in 4 simple steps!

By Calum
03 Mar 2020 / How to do stuff!, Tech

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Step 1:

  • The first step of being able to edit PDFs in Word, is to import the PDF into Word. This can be done by navigating to File > Open


  • You will then need to locate the PDF that you want to edit within Microsoft Word and select Open

Step 2:

  • Now the PDF will begin to be imported into Microsoft Word, you may see the following notice:

  • This is an automated process, so you can allow this to finish. Once this is done the PDF will show in Word.

Step 3:

  • Once your PDF has been imported into Microsoft Word, you can then begin to edit the document accordingly.
  • You may notice that some formatting is slightly off – this is to be expected. But will not prevent you editing the PDF.
  • Once the PDF has been imported, you can perform a number of tasks:
    • Delete text from the PDF
    • Add own notes and text
    • Edit existing text
    • Move or delete images that may reside on the PDF

Step 4:

  • Once you have made all the required changes to your edited PDF, you can then proceed to save the document by navigating to File > Save

  • You can now save the document as a .DOC document if you wish to continue to edit within Microsoft word or Export the document back to PDF if you wish to send it to someone.

You’re done!

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