How to Convert PDF to Word for Free on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to convert a PDF file to a Word document? You’ve come to the right place!

In this tutorial, I will guide you through the process of converting PDF to Word for free on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using Google Docs

If you have a Google account, this method is perfect for you. Google Docs offers a convenient way to convert PDF files to editable Word documents. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open your web browser and go to

  2. Step 2: Sign in with your Google account or create a new one if you don’t have an account already.

  3. Step 3: Once signed in, click on the “New” button and select “File upload” from the dropdown menu.

  4. Step 4: Choose the PDF file you want to convert from your Mac and click on the “Open” button.

  5. Step 5: After the upload is complete, right-click on the uploaded PDF file and select “Open with” > “Google Docs”.

  6. Step 6: The PDF file will open as a Google Docs document. Now, click on “File” in the menu bar, hover over “Download”, and select “Microsoft Word (.docx)”.

  7. Step 7: Choose where you want to save the converted Word document on your Mac and click on the “Save” button.

That’s it! You have successfully converted a PDF file to a Word document using Google Docs.

Method 2: Using Preview

If you prefer using built-in macOS applications, the Preview app can also convert PDF files to Word documents. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Locate the PDF file on your Mac that you want to convert.

  2. Step 2: Right-click on the PDF file and select “Open With” > “Preview”.

  3. Step 3: In Preview, click on “File” in the menu bar and choose “Export as PDF”.

  4. Step 4: In the save dialog box, choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the exported file.

  5. Step 5: Now, open Microsoft Word and click on “File” > “Open”.

  6. Step 6: Navigate to the location where you saved the exported file, select it, and click on the “Open” button.

  7. Step 7: The exported file will open in Word as an editable document.

Congratulations! You have successfully converted a PDF file to a Word document using Preview.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we explored two methods for converting PDF files to Word documents on Mac. Whether you prefer using online tools like Google Docs or built-in macOS applications like Preview, both methods are simple and free. Choose the method that suits you best and never worry about converting PDF files to Word documents again!

Remember: Always double-check the converted Word document for any formatting or layout discrepancies, as PDF to Word conversions may not always be 100% accurate.

Disclaimer: The methods described in this article are accurate at the time of writing. Please note that software and online tools may change over time, so the steps and interfaces may differ slightly.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Happy converting!

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