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How to Convert PDF Files to Word Using Google Drive

Working with PDF files may often be irritating since you can’t edit, amend, or make even the smallest adjustment until you convert them to Word or another format. There are several solutions that purport to address this issue, but why download apps that you don’t even know will function when there is already a lot better solution?

In this post, we will guide you through how to convert from PDF to Word, using Google Drive.

What is a PDF file?

Before we move forward, let’s look at what PDF really means.

A file format called Portable Document Format (PDF), also known as ISO 32000, was created by Adobe in 1992 to deliver documents, including text formatting and graphics, in a way that is independent of operating systems, hardware, and application software.

What is a Word file?

Having known what PDF means, let’s also look at what a Word file is.

Since practically any computer user can read a Word document using the Word program, a Word viewer, or a word processor that imports the Word format, Word files are frequently used as the format for transmitting text documents over email (see Microsoft Word Viewer).

How to Convert PDF Files to Word Using Google Drive

Step 1: Log in to your Google Drive and Upload the PDF file.

This method is therefore ineffective for simply converting a whole website to PDF, but it is effective for existing content. It can take a while if the document is extremely huge.

How to Convert PDF Files to Word Using Google Drive

Step 2: Open PDF with Google Docs

Once the upload is completed, double-click on it to preview it.

At the top of the preview screen, you will find a button titled “Open with Google Docs”. Click on it

How to Convert PDF Files to Word Using Google Drive


Step 3: Edit your document

You can step this step to the next step if you don’t intend to edit your document online but offline.

However, After selecting “Open with Google Docs”, the next process may take a while to process, depending on the size of your document and the strength of your internet connection.

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Once this process is finished, you should have your PDF document in an editable text format.

How to Convert PDF Files to Word Using Google Drive

Final Step: Download

Instead of editing directly on Google Docs, you can simply download and edit your document on your PC with an offline Word Process program.

How to download:

  1. Head to file
  2. Select Download
  3. Choose the preferred format you wish to download (.docx for Word)
  4. Your download will start automatically if you followed the previous processes.

Final words

As you can see, utilizing Google Drive to convert PDF files to Word is a fairly straightforward process if you know what you’re doing. Fortunately, the process is quick and easy to finish, so you may give it a shot and decide whether you like the results.


Ugiankong David Ashipu, mostly known as Alex is a Nigerian content writer and graphic designer from the Cross River State. Instagram: @alexdave0 Whatsapp: 08123190001 Twitter: @Alexdave0

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