How to convert PDF to DOCX using free online services (3 ways)

In this post, we will talk about different ways to convert PDF to DOCX for free using online services.

Solution 1. Use a free online PDF to DOCX Converter

One of the most convenient ways to convert your PDF documents is to use an online PDF converter for free. In this way, you don’t have to install any software or pay for a dine.

1. Go to the Aspose.PDF free online converter homepage.

2. Upload your PDF file(s)

Upload files to Aspose.PDF Conversion App
Upload files to Aspose.PDF Conversion App

3. Choose the appropriate file type (DOCX or DOC) and press the Convert button.

Conversion process

4. Press Download Now to view the document offline.

Press Download Now to view the document offline.

5. We used an abstract sample for the tests and you can see the result below.

The result of the conversion of the test document.
The result of the conversion of the test document.

Solution 2. Convert a PDF using OneDrive and Word Web App

If you have a Microsoft account and are using OneDrive to store your own documents, you can use Microsoft Word Web App to convert PDF to DOCX. The procedure is not entirely obvious, so let’s try to break it down step by step.

  1. Upload the PDF document to the folder on OneDrive.
Upload PDF document to the OneDrive folder.
Upload PDF document to the OneDrive folder

2. Click on the document and then click the Open button menu on the toolbar.

Try to open the PDF document in Word App
Try to open the PDF document in Word App

3. Our document opens in reading mode. When we try to change this by typing some text, a message will appear that the document needs to be converted. Press the Convert and Edit button

Word Web App shows document in read-only mode
Word Web App shows document in read-only mode

4. The Word Web App starts a conversion process and in the end, we will get the following message.

Word Web App shows a warning message
Word Web App shows a warning message

5. And finally, we can edit and save a DOCX file.

Converted document in Word Web App
Converted document in Word Web App

The disadvantage of this method is that the original document is not saved.

Solution 3. Transform PDF to Word Document using Google Docs

Google Docs provides another safe and secure way to convert PDF to Word. This is a two-step process in which you first convert the file to a Google Docs document and then convert it to a Word document – so you may lose some formatting along the way.

1. Open up your Google Drive, and then drag and drop document or click the New button.

Upload document to Google Drive
Upload document to Google Drive

2. Once the PDF is uploaded to Google Drive, you can double-click and open it in preview mode. 

PDF document in Preview mode on the Google Drive
PDF document in Preview mode on the Google Drive

3. Click Open with… and select Google Docs. The document will be converted into Google Docs format.

Choosing Google Docs
Choosing Google Docs

4. To complete the conversion, select File, and Download as Microsoft Word (.docx).

Converted document in Google Docs
Converted document in Google Docs

You may notice errors in the layout, but in general the layout is quite acceptable.