As a designer, I’m asked more than I’d like to admit if I can please send the PDF and the Word document for review. Ugh. I often catch myself rolling my eyes. My design is not a Word document. In this scenario, my designs typically come from Illustrator, InDesign, and sometimes are coded websites.
But…did you know I always quickly (and easily) give my clients exactly what they asked for — a PDF and a Word document.
I use Adobe Acrobat Pro, which has an incredible secret power: converting PDFs to Word documents!
In Adobe Acrobat DC, open the PDF file you’ve exported from your design program.
Then go to File > Export To > Microsoft Word. Next, select if you want the .doc (> Word 1997-2003 document) or .docx (> Word document).
It’s that easy. Voila. You’ll have a Word doc that your client can use Track Changes on or copy/paste as they’re accustomed to.
Notes: I also make sure to let clients know that the Word document will not be perfect as the file doesn’t genuinely exist in Word. I also ask for tracked changes so I can easily see what I need to update in InDesign or Illustrator.
Follow along with this Video
This video shows how to turn a PDF from InDesign or Illustrator into a PDF for clients. It also shows how to use a Google Chrome extension called FullPage to export a webpage as a PDF that can be converted to Word via Adobe Acrobat.
I hope you found this helpful.