Take a Look at this Free MS Word and PDF Editor

By | July 5, 2020
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Take a Look at this Free MS Word and PDF Editor

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) can 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 light-weight, MS Word-like word processor that can create, open, and edit both PDF and Word documents, then we think that you’ll find AbleWord, worth a look.

The folks at AbleWord describe it 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 that has not been updated since 2015. But don’t let that worry you. It works on Windows 8.1 and all versions of Windows 10 including Windows 10 May 2020 update (version 2004).

You can create, open, and edit the following formats with AbleWord:

  1. Word.doc
  2. Word.docx
  3. PDF
  4. RTF (Rich Text Files)
  5. TXT (Plain Text Files)
  6. HTM (Web page)
  7. 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. But we’re not saying that it’s as good as an expensive, professional PDF editor like Adobe Acrobat Pro. But AbleWord doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars either. It’s 100% free.

You can read more about and/or download AbleWord here.

Here are some screenshots 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 installed. If you have MS Office or another office program installed, you might want to uncheck the box as shown in the screenshot above.

While it hasn’t been updated in five years, AbleWord still looks great. It has a nice, almost quaint but functional, easy-to-use interface.

Below: You can save and edit the file types shown below.

If you’re 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.

Read more about, and/or download it from the AbleWord Web Site.


7 thoughts on “Take a Look at this Free MS Word and PDF Editor

  1. Wanda Johnson

    I had to download a PDF reader just 3 days ago in order to open some PDF files, so I ended up downloading the Adobe PDF Reader. I wished I had gotten this before I did that. Is there a trick to delete the Adobe Reader?


    I have Microsoft Word 2010, non-commercial, do I leave box unchecked as directed in your instructions? I believe my MS word 2010 will be shutting off some features around the end of this year but not sure what all that means, I just like to us my MSword for writing letters, etc. Joyce

  3. Robin Busald

    My hard drive recently went out and after reinstalling Windows 10 …. King Soft (the free word processor I had been using for years) had changed and I lost all my saved documents. I was downloading the work processors i found online one at a time to find one similar to what i was using… but couldnt find any that suited me… I was thinking about texting you and asking which one you guys would recommend . So you can imagine how happy I was with this Newsletter. It was the answer to my prayer… Thank you so much for helping with our computer needs in so many ways.

  4. Cheryl Hills

    I wanted to be able to edit a pdf so have installed this AbleWord. I already have Softmaker free office but it doesn’t open and edit pdf. On this newish computer the only way a pdf would open was with Edge but you can’t edit of fill fields etc.
    However I can’t get a saved pdf to open in Ableword. I’ve tried from the pdf doing ‘open with’ and also tried from Able word to choose and open a pdf. However it just doesn’t open!
    I also went to choose default apps by file type but can’t get it to bring up the app or even search for it on my computer. It only has the option to search for one from the Microsoft store.

    So I feel a bit stumped and wonder if Able Word will no longer work on current Win 10?
    Any help or suggestions? Thanks!

    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Cheryl, you also submitted this question via our web form. I sent you an answer via email. Here is the answer I sent you…

      Hi Cheryl,

      We don’t provide support for AbleWord. When we reviewed the program it opened PDFs for us. I just tested a AbleWord and I was able to open PDFs with it.

      For help with AbleWord see this page…

  5. Penny Corbin

    Unlike MS Word, this does not have an obvious Envelope printing feature, but I’ll bet with a bit of ‘know-how,’ it can be done. I don’t know where to start with the settings for that. Yes? No?

    Thank you,
    Penny Corbin

    1. infoave Post author

      AbleWord has a Print icon on its toolbar. Plus, you can print from almost any application using the CTRL+ P shortcut. See the screenshot of AbleWord below…

      Coudeight InfoAve


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