Alternative to Adobe and Word: Convert PDF to Google Doc

PDFs offer a convenient way of exchanging information. The problem is that they cannot be edited or changed - unless you are the original creator. For this reason, collaborative teams often prefer to convert PDFs to Google Docs, as it allows them to work in documents simultaneously and in real time and also revise them easily, saving time and reducing unnecessary communication.

In this article, we will show you 3 methods for converting a PDF file into a Google document:

  • Google Drive
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Word

We also present Konfuzio, a solution that automates the conversion process from PDF to Google Docs.

4 tips for optimal conversion from PDF to Google Doc

Keep in mind that converting PDFs to Google Docs may cause formatting issues. To perform a smooth conversion, follow the tips below:

  1. The PDF file should not be larger than 2 MB and its content should be easy to read.
  2. The PDF file must be correctly aligned, i.e. it must not be rotated or angled. The data must also be easy to read and on the right-hand side.
  3. The text in the PDF file should be at least 10 pixels in size and use a simple font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  4. To convert PDF files to Google Docs, try Konfuzio's free PDF to text converter - or discover how you can automate your entire PDF to Google Docs workflow with Konfuzio.

"How to" convert PDF to Google Docs with Google Drive

If retaining the original formatting is not a priority, you can use Google Drive for a simple conversion process:

  1. Sign in to Google Drive or visit drive.google.com.
  2. Upload your PDF by dragging and dropping it onto the Google Drive home page, or click New in the upper left corner and then click Upload File.
  3. Once the PDF is uploaded, right-click on the file, select "Open with" and then "Google Docs".
  4. The converted Google document will appear on your Drive home page shortly.
  5. Remember that this method does not preserve the original formatting, so lists, tables, and footnotes may need to be adjusted manually.

"How to" convert PDF to Google Doc with Adobe Acrobat

To better preserve the original formatting, first convert the PDF file into a Word document using Adobe Acrobat and then into a Google Doc.

  1. Visit the online Adobe Acrobat to Word PDF converter.
  2. Upload your PDF file by dragging and dropping it onto the converter or clicking "Select file".
  3. Log in to Acrobat online to download the converted Word document.
  4. Upload the Word document to Google Drive, then right-click the file, select "Open with" and then "Google Docs".
  5. The converted Google Doc will appear on your Drive home page shortly.
  6. Note that this method does not allow batch conversions or selecting specific parts of the PDF file.

"How to" convert PDF to Google Doc with Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word can also be used to retain the original formatting while converting a PDF to a Google Doc:

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Go to "File", click "Open" and select your PDF file. Click "Ok" in the pop-up window.
  3. The converted file will open as a new Word document. Save it by going to "File", clicking "Save As" and selecting "Word Document".
  4. Upload the Word document to Google Drive, then right-click the file, select "Open with" and then "Google Docs".
  5. The converted Google Doc will appear on your Drive home page shortly.
  6. As with the Adobe Acrobat method, it is not possible to perform batch conversions or select specific parts of the PDF file.

Automation of PDF conversion with Konfuzio

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Konfuzio is another automation solution that further streamlines the PDF conversion process. As an AI-based OCR Software Konfuzio extracts relevant information from PDF documents and enables seamless integration into your workflows. In this section we will show you how Konfuzio helps you process your PDFs more efficiently.

Automatic uploading of PDF documents with the Konfuzio API

The Konfuzio API enables the automatic upload of PDF documents that are to be extracted. You can integrate your PDFs into the Konfuzio model with just a few lines of code.

Receive notifications when extraction is complete

Konfuzio offers the option of configuring webhooks that automatically notify you as soon as the extraction is complete.

Review and upload to Google Docs

Check the extracted data to make sure everything is correct and automatically upload the data to Google Docs using the Google Drive API.

With Konfuzio you can process large volumes of PDF documents as well as extract specific information from your PDFs and save them to Google Docs or other file formats.

If you want to extract information from PDF documents and paste it into Google Docs, try Konfuzio to export any information from any PDF document to Google Docs!

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