Nowdays it is easy to convert word document to pdf. But how about to convert pdf to document. Most online application that i found, only convert the pdf into image file and paste into your word document.

It is really useful to have document converter in order for you to fill in official form, tender submission or edit hardcopy paperwork. Google Docs can save you a lot of time.

1. In order to use Google Docs , you must have  a valid google account, if not, just register one.

2. If your pdf document is quite big, make sure it is divided into 2Mb per file. So just print to pdf, 5 pages per file.  This is because Google Docs will only convert your file maximum size 2Mb.

3. In upload setting, you can choose either to covert your file to Google Docs format or convert text from PDF and image files to Google Docs. Just tick all, start upload.


4. Then you will have your converted file in Google Docs list. Just download the doc in whatever format you like, whether open doc or Microsoft office. You have to double check your converted file, since it will not convert 100% correct. It might have spelling error and it will not convert table. Only text so be careful.

5. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) lets you convert images with text into text documents using automated computer algorithms. Images can be processed individually (.jpg, .png, and .gif files) or in multi-page PDF documents (.pdf). These are some of the types of files suitable for OCR:

  • Image or PDF files obtained using flatbed scanners
  • Photos taken with digital cameras or mobile phones – (This is interesting, never try this before)

6. Below are list of  file types that can be converted to Google Docs. You can also convert .docx file using Google Docs to view in linux or Window. You can also use Google Docs as you cloud sharing site, so you can grab your doc whenever you want.

  • For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tab
  • For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf
  • For presentations: .ppt, .pps, .pptx
  • For drawings: .wmf
  • For OCR: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf

7. Accrdig to google Docs, for best results, the image or PDF files need to meet certain requirements:

  • Resolution: High-resolution files work best. As a rule of thumb, we recommend each line of text in the documents to be of at least 10 pixels height.
  • Orientation: Only documents with horizontal left-to-right text are recognized. If you’ve accidentally scanned or captured a document in a different orientation, please use a program to retouch and edit images to rotate them before uploading to Google Docs.
  • Languages, fonts and character sets: Our OCR engine supports a number of character sets, but support for non-Latin character sets is still experimental. You can select the language of your document from a drop-down menu. You’ll get better results if your file includes common fonts such as Arial and Times New Roman.
  • Image quality: Sharp images with even lighting and clear contrasts will work best. Motion blur or bad camera focus will decrease the quality of the detected text.

8. Error Messages when converting a file or document

Below are list of error that you might encounter. If you’ve received an error message when trying to convert one of your files, wait a few minutes and try again.  If you continue to see an error, the list below will help you troubleshoot the most common errors:

We’re sorry, a server error occurred. Please wait a bit and try again. This is a temporary error, try converting the file again in a few minutes.
Document too large. The file is too large for the conversion process; consider dividing up the original file. You can also learn more about size limits.
Sorry, that file is corrupt, or an unknown format. The file cannot be converted.  Check if it has a supported format. If the file has a supported format, try uploading it again.
Unable to convert document. Try converting the file again in a few minutes. If it still doesn’t convert you may need to upload the file again.