This Free MS Word and PDF Editor Is Worth a Look
We get a lot of questions from readers about converting PDF to MS Word doc, and converting MS Word docs to PDF. Newer versions of MS Word (and most word processing programs in free office programs) and open PDF files and save them as Word Docs.
That being said, if you don’t want to install a full-blown office program, but you’d like a really nice MS Word-like word processor that can create, open and edit both PDF and Word documents then we think that you’ll find our freeware pick, AbleWord, worth a look.
The folks from AbleWord describe ii this way:
AbleWord is a very capable word processing application that can read and write most popular document formats including PDF’s. It is fully featured, supporting image formatting, tables, headers & footers and includes spell checking and print preview functions. Best of all it is totally free even for commercial use.
And in our tests it did admirably well, considering that it’s a free program. You can create, open and edit the following format with AbleWord:
- RTF (Rich Text Files)
- TXT (Plain Text Files)
- HTM (Web page)
- HTML (We page)
More information from the AbleWord Web site:
Edit PDF files as simply as Word® documents
There are a few free Word Processing packages available for Windows but none come close to the features offered by AbleWord. It is highly compatible with popular document formats including .DOC & .DOCX but Ableword can also open and save as a PDF which makes it a very useful tool to have.
AbleWord (is) very simple to install and use, it is commonly used as a PDF Editor and also for converting PDF to Word® but of course it is also a splendid Word processor and supports most of Microsoft Word® features.
We found AbleWord very easy to use. The PDF editing function works well on some PDF files, and so-so on more complex files. It’s not a professional PDF editor like Adobe Acrobat Pro, but then again it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars. It’s 100% free.
Here are some screen shots from our installation and testing of AbleWord.
Above: No malware or tricks, but AbleWord does associate itself with MS Word DOC and DOCX, which is great if you don’t have MS Office installed or some other Office program that handles DOC and DOCX formats. If you have MS Office or another office program installed, you might want to uncheck the box as shown in the screen shot above.
AbleWord looks great. It has a nice, almost quaint but functional, easy-to-use interface.
Below: You can save and edit file types shown below.
If your looking for a free, functional, easy-to-use Word processor that can edit both Word documents and PDF files, then AbleWord might be just what you’re looking for.