Edit PDF Documents using Word Online, free

We normally convert Word documents into PDF files, and when we want to edit these PDF files, we just make a copy of the source Word document, make necessary changes and then export the edited document as PDF once again. We have seen how to edit PDF files in Word 2013, now let us see how you can use Word Online to edit PDF documents, free, without worrying about the location and formatting of the source document.

Use Word Online to edit PDF Documents

You can use Word Online to edit PDF documents in the browser itself. It may not perfectly suit for PDF documents with a lot of charts or graphs, but if the PDF documents have simple text, then you can use Word Online to edit them. Word Online is the best option to edit PDF files with a less number of images and simple text. You will be using Word Online to edit PDF files by visiting OneDrive. Here are the steps to be followed.

Visit OneDrive.com and sign-in with your Microsoft Account. Upload PDF documents which you want to edit it. Once the upload of the PDF documents is done, double-click on the uploaded file. This is the PDF documents which is not edited yet, and we are going to do that now.

Click on the “Edit in Word” option which is on the top. It asks for your confirmation, to convert the PDF documents to Word to make it editable and click on “Convert”. It makes a copy of your source PDF file, and it is not altered at all.

Edit PDF Documents using Word Online

If you want to view the layout of your PDF file, click on “View”. As we want to edit the file, click on “Edit” button. Now, the file gets opened in Word Online and can be edited.

edit pdf file

Now, it is like you are editing a Word document. You can edit it easily by adding or removing tables, adding formatting, adding styles to the text, add or remove images and more.

add or remove text

Once you are done with your editing, then click on the “File” menu and select “Save As” and choose “Download as PDF”. This downloads the edited PDF document to your Windows computer.

save as PDF

Using Word Online to edit PDF files is easy and preferable, as you do not need any software to be installed on your computer. You can get rid of PDF editors and other third party plug-ins.

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You can also use Google Drive to extract text from images or PDF files. I tried both of them, and I see Word Online doing a better job of editing the PDF file.

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Sridhar is a Software Engineer who loves to stay updated with developments in the world of technology. He is fond of writing everything related to Internet, Computers and Mobile and Desktop Operating Systems.


  1. Ziggy

    Thank you… worked a treat and just what I needed!

  2. boral

    Alternatively you can use Adobe Acrobat to edit pdf.

  3. Sridhar Belide

    You are Welcome Ziggy!

  4. ReadandShare

    Yet another great and useful article. Thanks!

    @boral: The keyword here (and in the title of the article) is FREE.

  5. Himansu S M

    Thanks, But it didn’t work with me. The “Edit in Word” Button is invalid. Can I edit and convert PDF files in Google docs on line?

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