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Free PDF to Word Converter

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Free PDF to Word Converter's name describes the program: It takes your PDF files and converts them into Word-compatible DOC or Rich Text files. While it's fairly easy to use and does a fairly good job, some awkward controls and other issues dim its appeal. Better tools aren't in short supply, either.

Free PDF to Word Converter's user interface isn't elaborate, and the program explains each feature and each step, though it does make for a busy look. The main controls are listed under General Options, which is a bit confusing, though clicking Files and Folders didn't access any options or settings but the Add PDF Document and Output File Format controls. However, under Security, we could set Owner and User passwords as well as page range. The Character Position Options let us select Spaces, which keeps the Word document's text layout the same as the PDF's; or Text Box, which uses Word text boxes to retain the text and graphics format for printing brochures and similar graphics-oriented documents. Under Graphics Options, we could check boxes to delete all graphics or pictures.

There's some clunkiness to Free PDF to Word Converter. The Add Files tool only looks for PDFs and wouldn't let us browse to a desktop shortcut to access our archive folder; we had to take the long way. More than once, Free PDF to Word Converter crashed when we added files. In fact, it crashed every time we tried to select a different destination folder from the source folder for converted files. But we did manage to get it to load a multipage PDF file for conversion to the same folder. We could choose DOC or RTF; we selected DOC and pressed Start Convert. A pop-up nag asked us to buy the program and enter a to-be-provided serial number within minutes, but we clicked Ignore. The pop-up didn't prevent the tool from converting our file, which we could open, edit, and save in Word. It doesn't cost anything to try Free PDF to Word Converter, but other freeware does as good a job as it, or better. So keep looking.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    1.6 stars

    out of 99 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 71
  • Current version:

    1.3 stars

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 37
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says on the tin"

    March 11, 2014  |   By tanker12uk

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Its a simple process which does not take much working out and did convert a fairly large pdf. manual into word without any trouble. It worked with office 2010 and 2007 without any problems so I'm happy with it.

    Cons

    You have to be very aware of what you are installing as you install this product as it has a substantial number of add on programs which I did not want they are easy to not install but a blind install would not be my recommendation

    Summary

    For a freeware program which is truly free this is a good choice but watch what you click whilst doing the install

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free Tool for Office Use"

    March 4, 2014  |   By Carrywight

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    These days people expect attachments to be sent in the most professional manner. PDFs and Word Docs are the most common types of attachments. However, if you want to edit the PDFs and finding the right tool to convert them to Word Docs for editing purpose this is the right tool. The Free PDF to Word converter is free and easy to download. The best thing about this tool is that major part of the formatting and layout remains intact after conversion. You can save the changed document back to PDF for further use or any other purpose.
    Read more: www.pdf-file-converter.com/pdf-to-word-converter-free/

    Cons

    One feature I would like to see added is to integrate the Word to PDF converter into this app too.

    Summary

    I have always faced a problem with pdf files, although they are great and extremely useful- and the problem was editing. I was unable to edit PDF files, until I downloaded the new PDF to Word converter. This application now allows me to convert pdf files to Word, so I can edit them and make all the changes that I need to, to the data. What's more, the application is fast,free, secure and reliable.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total Cr*p"

    February 14, 2014  |   By Captain_Blue

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    None. Crashes your computer.

    Cons

    Con about sums it up!

    Summary

    Absolute rubbish - don't bother

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage shame on you cnet!!"

    January 2, 2014  |   By peoples3b

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    This product contains virus. Do not use or download

    Cons

    It's all con

    Summary

    Done with cnet!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not free at all."

    December 25, 2013  |   By pinguino

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    None that I can detect.

    Cons

    "Totally Free" is false advertising. As soon as you try to convert a file, it tells you that you must pay $9.99 and wait for a serial number.

    Summary

    Useless.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "PDF to Word Converter"

    October 19, 2013  |   By leebeevers

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    This program works well to convert a PDF file to a Word file, making it easier to work with it.

    Cons

    It might be a bit easier to locate file to be converted.

    Summary

    Good program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DANGEROUS VIRUSES - YOU CANNOT STOP"

    September 12, 2013  |   By sandys8361

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    CNET IS SUPPOSED TO REVIEW THIS STUFF AND TELL US IF THIS IS RELIABLE! I WILL NO LONGER USE CNET OR DOWNLOAD.COM AS THEY OBVIOUSLY CANNOT BE TRUSTED EITHER.

    Cons

    VIRUSES ARE CRAMMED WITH THIS PROGRAM, IT CRAMS 10 OTHER PROGRAMS WITH IT AND SOMEWHERE IN THERE IS A VIRUS, EVEN THOUGH YOU SAY NO I DONT WANT ANY OTHER CRAP WITH IT YOU HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THE VIRUS!

    Summary

    WASTE OF 3 DAYS OF MY LIFE FIXING MY PC AFTER THIS DISASTER! I DIDNT EVEN FINISH THE DOWNLOAD AS I SAW I WAS BEING CRAMMED IN THE PROCESS BUT IT WAS STILL TOO LATE! I HAVE TRIED TO POST THIS REVIEW 3 TIMES NOW AND IT KEEPS FAILING....OBVIOUSLY CNET HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "You get what you pay for"

    August 21, 2013  |   By tecjb

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Free download

    Cons

    Free but considering the time downloading and rebooting only to find that the program crashed EVERYTIME I have tried to use itto use. I feel as though I am owed some sort of refund. Complete junk software that does'nt warant thre attempt to use.

    Summary

    Run away from this download!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "criminal software"

    August 6, 2013  |   By asherswing

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    do not install
    this should be a crime

    Cons

    worst junk i have ever downloaded

    Summary

    garbage

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nothing free about this"

    July 6, 2013  |   By rennien

    Version: Free PDF to Word Converter 2.0

    Pros

    None - the lid does not say what is in the tin

    Cons

    Mainly malware and rubbish programme

    Summary

    Avoid like the plague

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