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The Issues When You Convert PDF To Word

Converting from PDF to Word documents is a great way to edit the text of an already existing PDF, change the formatting, or copy parts of the text for later usage. If you want to do so too, check out how to convert PDF to Word using a free online service.

However, this kind of file conversion is not without issues. There are a few problems you might run in when trying to turn your PDF document into a DOC or DOCX. 

The Problems Of PDF To Word Conversion

The PDF to word conversion on PDF2Go is very advanced. However, there are still some issues you should be aware of. The good news first though: you can easily work around these issues once you have the converted Word document.

But now, let’s jump straight into the known issues – and how you can solve them in the Word file.

Unknown Fonts

The amount of fonts available on the web is almost endless. Thus, unfortunately, PDF2Go cannot support all fonts, but only a list of the most common and openly available ones.

This means that any fancy font used in the PDF will be converted into an available, standard one.

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Problem: When converting PDF to Word, fonts are not converted.
Solution: Add the font or any font you want later in the Word document.

Formatting Issues

Some parts of formatting might also get “lost” in the PDF to Word conversion. This mostly concerns direct text formatting such as bold, italic, underline and such. Furthermore, it can affect the alignment of text in the document.

Below, you can see that the title, as well as the small headlines of the columns in the converted document, are not bold, like in the original. Also, it’s very visible when looking at the title, that the text is not aligned to the center.

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Problem: When converting PDF to Word, some formatting is not retained.
Solution: If necessary, add the lost formatting back to the DOC or DOCX.

Links Vanished

Hyperlinks can be another problem you have to face when you convert PDF to Word.

In the example below, you can see that the word “link” is still colored in, appearing as if it’s still a hyperlink. Unfortunately, it isn’t. While the color was retained, the hyperlink got lost in the conversion.

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Problem: When converting PDF to Word, there are no links.
Solution: Copy the hyperlinks from the PDF and paste them into the document.

Layout Changes

Probably the biggest issues you will face are issues with the layout of your PDF document. Especially elaborate layout functions such as columns are not converted 100%.

As can be seen below, the columns are interpreted as single text fields inside the new DOC or DOCX document. Also, the image was moved slightly, with the text overlapping the image on the bottom edge. What cannot be shown but is also an issue is that the text around the image is not really flowing. Instead, line-breaks were entered to, kind of, “mock” the flowing.


Problem: When converting PDF to Word, the layout is messed up.
Solution: Fix the minor issues in the converted document.

These are some of the issues known when converting PDF to Word documents such as DOC and DOCX, but other document files such as ODT as well.

However, as long as you are aware of them, you can easily fix these issues and work with and on your new Microsoft Word document.