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Adobe Acrobat - Export PDFs to Microsoft Office Formats

Learn how to export a PDF document to a fully editable Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft PowerPoint file.


Need to rebrand a spreadsheet in a PDF file? Use a PDF document as a template in Microsoft Word? Repurpose PDF pages in a PowerPoint presentation? Using Acrobat DC, you can easily export a PDF document to a Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft PowerPoint file—fully editable and ready to use. 

Export PDF's to Microsoft Office formats

1. Open the PDF file 

Start Acrobat, and open the PDF file you want to export. If you opened it recently, select it from the list of recent files in the Acrobat Home screen. Otherwise, click My Computer under Storage, navigate to the PDF file, and choose Open.

If you’re using our sample assets, select the Summary.pdf file to export to Word, Analysis.pdf file to export to Excel, or Overview.pdf file to export to PowerPoint.

Note: Some PDF files have security settings that prevent exporting and editing. If you created the PDF file, you should be able to change or remove any restrictive security settings.

open pdf files

2. Use the Export PDF tool 

Click Export PDF in the Tools panel. Then choose a format, and click Export.

  • To export to a Word document, click Microsoft Word, and then select either Word Document (.docx format) or Word 97-2003 Document (.doc format).
  • To export to an Excel document, click Spreadsheet, and then select either Microsoft Excel Workbook (.xlsx format) or XML Spreadsheet 2003 (.xml format).
  • To export to a PowerPoint presentation, click Microsoft PowerPoint.

Tip: You can use the Export PDF tool to export images, HTML documents, and other formats as well.

export pdf tool

3. Customize conversion settings

If you want to specify settings for the exported document, click the Settings icon next to the document type, change the settings, and then click OK.

customize conversion

4. Export the file 

Select a folder for the exported file, or click Choose a Different Folder and navigate to the appropriate folder. Name your document, and click Save.

Tip: Select Open file after export in the Export dialog box if you want to work with the file immediately.

Export the file

5. Get to work in Office

Open the document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, if it’s not already open. Your document is live in the native Office format, so you can edit text, images, and other data just as you can in any other Office document.

edit in Office

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:adobe acrobat export pdf microsoft office format word excel power point file document   Doc ID:79579
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-23 10:30 MDTUpdated:2018-05-25 08:14 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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