Convert them back

I don’t know who said it but I remember someone saying once that “PDF Files are where good ideas go to die”.

The meaning and you’ve probably done it yourself is that you take a document, say Microsoft Word and save or print it to PDF format.  It’s a common way to share a document with others and guarantee that everyone will be able to read it.  There’s another advantage – once it’s in PDF format, nobody can change the contents of the document.

But suppose you wanted to?

There are lots of ways; I know that I have a copy of Adobe Acrobat handy to do the deed.  There are other tools and typically you have to have a copy of some piece of software on your computer to help with the task.

But in the world of the Chromebook, software installation may not be an option.  What to do then?

Turn to the web.

Here’s one solution – Free Online OCR

It’s a simple concept.  Upload your PDF file and get a .docx file back in return.


There are other alternative that you can find in the FAQ.  The ability to change the language may be helpful as well.

When I tested it, I didn’t get a completely perfect conversion but the resulting .docx file was easily edited to put it back in its original form.

I did have a practical need for this; I had a PDF file that I created a long time ago and actually needed to get the original.  Not having it available, the service was of immediate help.


OTR Links 11/22/2017

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