How to convert PDF to text documents

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How to convert PDF to text documents

Using Google Drive it is done in a minute

Il PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format introduced by Acrobat in the 90s as a way to share and transfer documents that included text, images, and more.





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In the early years the format was proprietary, but in 2008 it became an open standard so that other programs and services could read and create PDF files.

Acrobat, however, found it possible to edit PDF files, and users needed to purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro to do so.

Today, there are various ways that anyone can edit a PDF file: you can copy the text from the PDF file and paste it into a Word file, save it as a PDF file, or use any online PDF conversion site.


In case you are looking to convert and edit any PDF file into a Word or text file, it is not necessary to buy Adobe Acrobat. Google Drivein fact, it offers a function to automatically convert the whole file into a Word or plain text file.

Here are the instructions to do it:

1) Go up Drive.google.com

2) Log in using your Google account (Gmail is fine too)

3) Once logged in, click on the wheel at the top right of the screen


4) Select the item Settings

5) In section General look for the option Convert Upload

6) Select the option Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format

7) Now upload your PDF file and wait for the upload to finish

8) Uploaded the file, search for it and open it

9) From the open file click on the option Open with Google Docs

Warning: the PDF file may not look exactly identical to the original when converted to the editor format of Google Docs.

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