Convert documents between PDF and Word

Applies to
Microsoft Office Word 2003
Microsoft Word 97, 2000, and 2002

The Portable Document Format (PDF) file format is commonly used to share Word documents among readers who might not have Word installed on their computers. The format preserves a document's layout and prevents editing in Word. Although Word does not provide a direct way to save documents in this format, many third-party software products provide the capability to save Word documents as PDF files and to convert PDF files into the Word file format.

Word supports other ways that you can share documents so that the layout is preserved and editing is prevented. The method you choose depends on what you want to do and the software that readers of your document have.

 Note   If you had previously been able to save a Word document in PDF format but the command for doing so no longer appears in Word, documentation in the Support Knowledgebase on the Adobe Systems Incorporated Web site may have the solution to your problem.

Convert from Word to PDF and from PDF to Word

File converters can save a Word document as a PDF file and vice versa. Although Microsoft does not provide these converters, several third-party tools are available.

Convert a PDF file into the Word file format

If you are working on a file in PDF format and you want to edit the file in Word, you can convert it to a Word document. Many third-party providers listed on the Office Marketplace Web site provide converters that do this. Check the listings for providers that offer PDF-to-Word conversion.

Save a Word document as a PDF

Many third-party providers offer software for converting Word documents to PDF files. For example, some of the Office Marketplace providers that provide PDF-to-Word converters may also provide Word-to-PDF converters. Visit the provider's Web site for more information. You can also search on the Web or ask for advice in the Word Discussion Groups.

Other ways to share Word documents

If readers of your document don't have Word, you have a couple of choices in addition to creating a PDF file.

Provide a link to download Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003

Readers of your document can download the Word Viewer 2003 for free. Using the viewer, readers who don't have Word can view, print, and copy Word documents, but they can't edit them. Word Viewer 2003 displays documents that are created in Word 2003 and earlier.

To distribute a document that readers can open with the Word Viewer 2003, save the document as you ordinarily would. Then instruct your readers to download the viewer. If your document is hosted on a Web site, provide a link to the download.

Make an image of a Word document

Office includes the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer driver, which makes it easy to save a Word document as a Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) file. TIFF is a widely used format that can be viewed by many software programs, such as graphics software, software that comes with an optical scanner, and software for sending and receiving electronic faxes. In addition, many third-party providers offer TIFF viewers, which can be downloaded from the Web.

To make the TIFF image, follow instructions in the Help topic Save an Office document as a TIFF file.

Applies to:
Word 2003