r/techsupport Aug 17 '22

How to convert 2.38 GB PDF to a Word file ? Open | Windows

How do I do it for free ?

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u/duhwiked Aug 17 '22

My wife asked me to convert a pdf book like this. Couldnt convert something so large without buying acrobat pro. Come to find out it was the FONTS taking up most of the space. The author wanted it to be pretty, and unique, and decided to take a modern approach on 1300s era books. 3000 fonts. Fucking A.

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u/_oscar_goldman_ Aug 17 '22

Fucking PDF/A. Or misuse of it, rather.

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u/Chichetr Aug 17 '22

Just OCR it.

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u/MrAnonymousTheThird Aug 17 '22

Open it in word, it can convert to a word file for u

Depending on the pdf file, it may not be a 100% accurate copy. It's pretty good at it though

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u/General_Riju Aug 17 '22

Too large for Word

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u/Lovesoldredditjokes Aug 17 '22

Sounds silly, but you should print it to pdf first, select print and then use microsoft print to pdf as your printer. Most likely this will seriously reduce your file size. Then try some of the other suggestions. If that does not work and it is still too big, try printing that one to PDF, but only select 1st half of the pages to print and then try to convert that to word

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u/Turkish_Starwars Aug 17 '22

Split the file up using acrobat

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u/EnderCrypt Aug 17 '22

try openoffice and libreoffice, they might be able to

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u/lorimar Aug 17 '22

Split it up into smaller files using something like PDFSaM

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u/RIKKIS_LOST_NUMBER Aug 17 '22

That or you can open it in a browser like chrome and "Print to PDF" and choose a custom range of pages. https://www.wikihow.com/Split-PDF-Files

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u/eddiekoski Aug 17 '22

Do you have 32 bit word or 64bit word?

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u/brian19298 Aug 17 '22

This guy computers.

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u/koensch57 Aug 17 '22

its not about the size of the pdf, but what is in it.

if the pdf contains x pages of hiresultion scanned images, you are only left with ocr.

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u/DragonfruitThen9849 Aug 17 '22

Goto ilovepdf website and get it done...

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u/General_Riju Aug 17 '22

I tried it too large for free users

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u/comfortably_dumb29 Aug 17 '22

There is a program called PDFill it's free to use

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u/graciousgrendel Aug 17 '22

Came to recommend PDFill, its great. Paid version can do (possibly all) things Acrobat can (and maybe more), and its much cheaper.

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u/data_autopsy Aug 17 '22

If you're into programming, there are couple of packages (pdfminer, pdf plumber) that can handle it with ease. You can read one page at a time, and make a doc out of it.

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u/BleachedAndSalty Aug 17 '22

How the hell do you have a 2.38 GB PDF file?! Is there like a movie embedded in it or something???

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u/AsianCorner Aug 17 '22

u can try cutting the pdf into smaller filers and converting each one?

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u/Twin-Eyes-Of-Shadow Aug 17 '22

At that size, it's likely to crash the program or exceed the "free" size for a conversion.

I think more info is needed. Seriously.

Word and similar programs don't do well with large files, anything over even 5MB they slow to a crawl, it's just not made for it.

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u/SMF67 Aug 17 '22

Libreoffice Draw

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u/HamiltonBudSupply Aug 17 '22

Q. Is the text currently searchable in the pdf. If so, highlight and copy text then paste in word. You will need to reformat.

Size doesn’t m an much unless we know about imbedded photos.

If the text isn’t searchable I would recommend ocr. The better the ocr, the better the preserved formatting.

Of course make sure you try opening the pdf with word directly as it would be ideal.

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u/ttv_CitrusBros Aug 17 '22

It might be a very messy conversion. I believe it uses AI to convert the scan into editable words, even with 99% accuracy with that big of a file its gonna be riddled with errors.

I just use the free conversion stuff online there's different websites. Since you're doing it for free you will have to put in leg work. Break it up into smaller files and then upload them and convert.

You could also compress it, ussually it does like a 90% compression so then it's less work

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u/ElMandrake Aug 17 '22

Assuming its a scanned file, print it from Acrobat yo a new PDF file in white/black rather than grayscale. Then hopefully youll get a smaller file which you can then open in Word.

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u/SodaWithoutSparkles Aug 17 '22

i wonder if the linux cli pdftotext or pdftohtml could do it. i havent tried the last one, but the first one strips any formatting and convert to UTF8 text. In threory it could do the job as its on your local machine.

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u/donmark144 Aug 17 '22

Microsoft Word opens PDF files directly. What is the issue you have?

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u/rhetorical_poop Aug 17 '22

Can't you just open it with word? Right click the file, click open with, word. It'll come up with a few messages about converting the file and formatting.

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u/SouthWood77 Aug 17 '22

If you can open it in Acrobat Reader, print it to pdf, but make sure print as image is turned OFF. See if that greatly reduces the file size.

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u/eddiekoski Aug 17 '22

And you want it for free too?

(Are you sure it is a pdf file did someone rename it to f with u?)

Okay, give this a try; get a free trial of Nitro Pro (pdf software), then use the "to Word" button after you open the pdf. Hopefully, a pdf that big will even open.

High skill mode is you code your own converting tool...

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u/average_parking_lot Aug 17 '22

I know a website that does conversions for free but after 2GB you have to pay a small fee, its something like online-convert.com and it could be able to help you if you split the pdf into 2

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u/GottaGetToTheSea Aug 17 '22

Install Microsoft XPS Document Writer. open PDF and print to the Microsoft Document Writer. It should allow you to save as a Word file.

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u/Herethos Aug 17 '22

Emacs with pdftools and see if you are able to process it?

https://github.com/vedang/pdf-tools

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u/Kinggenny Aug 17 '22

Upload it to your google drive. Then open it as a document in google docs.

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u/CaptainGrabality Aug 17 '22

pdf element 7 pro maybe

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u/Tokilin Aug 17 '22

Lots of comments. Sounds like you have a way of converting, but the file size is to large. Using print to pdf, cut your book into smaller PDF files. Convert each section, and then combine them into a massive word doc.

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u/DownRUpLYB Aug 17 '22

ilovepdf.com

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u/randomlumberjak Aug 17 '22

Open with word, save as docx

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u/Tech_surgeon Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

from past experience unless the utility can handle massive files it has a good chance of crashing attempting such a feat.

also it could make the size of the document worse.

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u/NJdeathproof Aug 17 '22

Try downloading Openoffice or Libreoffice - open the PDF in that and see if it will let you save it as a Docx

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u/linam97 Aug 17 '22

How many pages? You may need to downscale it by taking your current pdf and printing it to another pdf as low quality. That should reduce your file size drastically and then you can use other methods.

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u/ccbbb23 Aug 17 '22

Have you tried using PDFxhange free version? If that doesn't work, I would be willing to do the work for you with my full legal copy. You could send it to me via WeTransfer or something.

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u/BrubMomento Aug 17 '22

Change the file extension. Ez.