Converted PDF to Word but cannot edit (copy) some parts of converted Word doc?

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Mar 15, 2018

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I converted PDF to Word and whilst I can access and edit certain parts of the document, others are shown as "pictures" and therefore non-editable.

Any ideas? If this does not work then I need to cancel my subscription!

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Adobe Employee , Mar 15, 2018
AnandSri Adobe Employee , Mar 15, 2018
Hello Corriep,We apologize for the inconvenience caused, as per the description above, you are not able to edit certain parts of the document when you convert a PDF file to Word, Is that correct?If the PDF file was created from a scanned document, make sure that OCR (Optical Character Recognition) was enabled when you converted the PDF file. OCR is enabled by default when you convert your files via the Export PDF services. However, that may not be the case for other mechanisms of creating PDFs.P...

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hello Corriep,

We apologize for the inconvenience caused, as per the description above, you are not able to edit certain parts of the document when you convert a PDF file to Word, Is that correct?

  • If the PDF file was created from a scanned document, make sure that OCR (Optical Character Recognition) was enabled when you converted the PDF file. OCR is enabled by default when you convert your files via the Export PDF services. However, that may not be the case for other mechanisms of creating PDFs.
  • Place your cursor in the middle of the text block that you want to edit and then double-click to select a word in the text. Triple-click to select a paragraph.

You may also refer to Can't edit converted Word or Excel file

Try exporting the PDF file through the URL https://cloud.acrobat.com/exportpdf with your Adobe ID and password on a browser like Chrome, or Firefox, or Safari and see if this brings any difference.

Have you tried exporting any other PDF file? Is it specific to one PDF or with all the PDF files?

If it is specific to one PDF, is it possible to share the PDF file with us so that we can try it at our end?

To share the file, please use Adobe Send feature, upload the file, share the link to files via private message only, How Do I Send Private Message

Let us know how it goes and share your findings.

Regards,

Anand Sri.

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New Here ,
Sep 11, 2020

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FYI: adding headers/footers prevented PDF to Word conversion in an editable format.  I deleted the headers/footers and * BAM* the conversion worked like a charm.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2021

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This problem has been occurring for years.  Yet, Adobe cannot give me a straight answer.  I see that it cannot give anyone a straight answer.  It blames the pdf document as opposed to its inferior software. I can upload a pdf on Westlaw drafting assistant and all text can be edited.  Yet, when I upload a pdf to Adobe Dc, all text that is converted to Microsoft word cannot be edited. It's in picture format.  Really horrible and incompetent customer service.  

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New Here ,
Feb 06, 2021

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I am having the same problem.  My document is in picture format, and I cannot edit anything.  I used the Abobe convert software to convert from pdf to Word format.  I do not how the pdf (the convert FROM) file was created.  Apparently this Adobe convert-to-Word file is not going to work for me.  I've at least two documents that I'd hoped to convert but at this point, I might as well type them in from scratch.  

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