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Top 3 Ways to Convert Scanned PDF to Editable Word for Free

If you need to convert PDF to Word doc, free PDF to Word converter from Nemo will help you do the job easily with good conversion result. But if you want to convert scanned PDF to editable Word, this tool will not work. To convert scanned PDF to Word for editing, you need to find a PDF to Word converter with OCR supported or OCR software. In the following we are going to introduce 3 ways on how to convert scanned PDF to Word.

1. Use Google Docs

Google Docs is Google's "software as a service" office suite. It allows users to instantly and securely create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, etc. This tool also can help you convert some kind of scanned PDF documents to editable file formats like Word and Text.


  • Step 1. Sign into your Google account and access Google Docs.
  • Step 2. Update your target PDF file to Google Docs.
  • Just click the “Upload” button >> Select files to upload >> Check the box in front of "Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents” >> Click “Start upload” button.
  • Step 3. Convert scanned PDF to Word.
  • After uploading, double-click the PDF file, then go to “File “>> “Download as” >> choose Text, Word or other format as you want.

2. Use Free Online OCR

This free web-based OCR tool allows you to convert scanned PDF and images (jpg, bmp) into editable Word, Text, Excel, PDF, HTML output formats. After conversion, the generated documents look exactly like the original. Free Online OCR service supports 32 recognition languages. No download or installation on your computer is required.


  • Step 1. Open onlineocr.net in your web browser.
  • Step 2. Click “Browse” button to locate and select target files. Click “Upload”.
  • Step 3. Select recognition language and output format.
  • Step 4. Click “Recognize” button.

3. Use Free-OCR.com

Free-OCR.com is another good online OCR tool. It can help you extract text from any image (JPG, GIF, TIFF BMP or PD) you supply. Free-OCR can handle images with multi-column text and supports 29 languages. It is completely free, no registration required necessary. And it doesn’t require your email address. The only restriction of this OCR tool is that the images must be no larger than 2MB, no wider or higher than 5000 pixels and there is a limit of 10 image uploads per hour.


  • Step 1. Open free-ocr.com.
  • Step 2. Click “Browse” button to locate and select target files.
  • Step 3. Select the language of the document to improve recognition of language specific letter variants.
  • Step 4. Click “Send file” button.

What is OCR?

According to Wiki, OCR (Optical character recognition) is the mechanical or electronic translation of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used to convert books and documents into electronic files, to computerize a record-keeping system in an office, or to publish the text on a website.

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