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PDF-to-Word FAQ

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On this page you can find the most frequently asked questions regarding PDF-to-Word product. If your question is not answered here, please contact us via Feedback Form

Does PDF-to-Word require Adobe Acrobat?
No, PDF-to-Word does not require Adobe Acrobat.
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Layout of the resulting document is distinguished from the original. How can I improve it?
If you need to preserve the layout of the original PDF document, you should select "Exact" mode on "Conversion Settings" wizard screen. "Exact" mode preserves exact layout of the original PDF document using frames. Each string of MS Word document is enclosed in a frame that precisely determines its position on page. It makes the resulting document hard to edit. We recommend to use this mode only for documents having complex structure.
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Why PDF-to-Word generates multiple text boxes in the resulting MS Word document?
PDF-to-Word uses text boxes to preserve the layout of the original PDF document. If you need to extract text flow you should select "Flowing" mode on "Conversion Settings" wizard screen. Note, that this approach may cause particular layout distortions in comparison with the original PDF document. See "Conversion Settings" article of the product documentation for related information.
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Does PDF-to-Word support batch conversion?
Yes, there is command line version of the program p2wagent.exe in the installation directory. It supports command line arguments and can be called from any script. For example the following script converts all PDF files from folder "D:\tests\pdfs\*.pdf" into MS Word format:

for /f "tokens=*" %G in ('dir /b /s "D:\tests\pdfs\*.pdf"') do (
        p2wagent.exe --src="%G" --dest="D:\tests\pdfs\%~nG.doc"

Please refer to "Command line" article of the product documentation for the further information.
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Why some parts of PDF document are replaced by strange characters in MS Word output?
Sometimes when fonts are embedded or subset within a PDF, the original font information is lost and the text is corrupted. Although PDF Acrobat or Reader will still display correctly, the correct text information is not available. In these cases PDF-to-Word converter failed to extract the correct text from your file.
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Can PDF-to-Word extract text from scanned PDF documents?
No, PDF-to-Word converter will only be able to extract text if it is available as text within the PDF document. It will not perform optical character recognition (OCR) procedure on scanned PDF document. However, if you use the free Paper Capture plug-in from to perform OCR on your PDF document, you can then use PDF-to-Word to convert the text it creates into MS Word format.
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Why some symbols are replaced by asterisks (*) in demo version of PDF-to-Word?
Demo version of PDF-to-Word replaces random characters in the destination document with asterisks (*). This limitation will not appear in full (paid) version of the converter.
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How to uninstall PDF-to-Word converter?
If you need to remove PDF-to-Word product from your computer, you can use "Add or Remove Programs" option in the Windows Control Panel. If this option is not available for some reason, you can call uninstall procedure running the following command line from the installation folder:

UNWISE.EXE pdf2word.log

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I have selected "Flowing" conversion mode, but the resulting document is still hard to edit due to frequent line breaks. What to do?
PDF-to-Word uses line breaks for many purposes (defining custom interval between text lines, forced end of line as it appears in PDF document, etc). To prevent inserting line breaks inside a paragraph select "Do not insert line breaks" checkbox on "Select files" wizard page.
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