How to Convert PDF to Open Office Document for Free


Open Office is an open-source, XML-based, and ZIP-compressed file format for word processing documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and charts. The Open Document Format (ODF) is widely considered as a free alternative to Microsoft Office. The file extensions of ODF Documents include ".odt", ".ods", and ".odp". An Open Office document can be opened and edited in Apache Open Office, Libre Office, and Microsoft Office.

On the other hand, PDF is a file format that provides less editing permissions to users. Most of the time of our work, we might meet the requirement to convert a PDF to an editable Open Office document. The following article is mainly about how to convert PDF files to Open Office documents on Mac, Windows, and online. You can get free and easy solutions here.

Part 1. Convert PDF to Open Office Document in OpenOffice

If you've installed the Apache OpenOffice software on your computer, no matter it's Open Office Mac version or Open Office Windows 10/7/XP versions, you can directly import a PDF file, edit the PDF, and save it as Open Office documents. First of all, we need to add the "PDF Import" extension to OpenOffice.

Step 1. Click on the "Tools" tab on the top menu bar, then choose "Extension Manager".

Step 2. On the "Extension Manager" window, click the "Get more extensions online" link.

Open Office Get More Extensions Online

Step 3. This action will open up a web browser that brings you to the Extension page. In the search field, enter "PDF" or "PDF Import" and press "Enter" on your keyboard. On the search result, click the "Oracle PDF Import Extension" and scroll down to the download section.

Open Office ORG Search PDF Import

Step 4. Select a version that is compatible with your operating system and click "Get it!" to download it to your preferred location on the computer.

Open Office ORG PDF Import Versions

Step 5. Now navigate back to the "Extension Manager" and click the "Add" button on the bottom. On the pop-up "Add Extension(s)" window, select the file you just download and hit the "Open" button. The software will ask you who should have access to this extension, please select "For all users" from the options.

Open Office ORG Add Extension

Step 6. On the "Extension Software License Agreement" window, scroll down to read the agreement and click the "Accept" button.

Open Office Extension Software License Agreement

Now you can see the "PDF Import" listing on the extensions list. If you no longer need this extension one day, just come back here and click the "Remove" button to delete it. Next, let's close the "Extension Manager" and begin to convert PDF to Open Office Document.

Step 1. Go to the "File" menu on top, then choose "Open". On the newly-opened dialog box, select the PDF file you want to convert on your computer, then click "Open".

Step 2. You can see your PDF file opened in the " Draw" program. Now you can select the texts and change them as you want, you can also resize and change the location of the images on your PDF. Do any basic editing on the PDF if you need it.

Step 3. When you finish the editing, go to the "File" menu and choose "Save As". Then choose an Open Office document format on the "Save as type".

Open Office Save PDF AS ODG


"Opening and converting a huge PDF file could be time-consuming and will occupy a lot of CPU of your computer. In this case, you can firstly compress the PDF to a smaller size file before opened in OpenOffice."

Part 2. Convert PDF to Open Office via Word

1. Microsoft Office 2013 and Later

For users who don't have the OpenOffice software installed on their computers, you can go to another document processor that is compatible with the OpenOffice documents - Microsoft Word. Editing and converting a PDF to a Word document is no longer a problem since Microsoft Office 2013 and later versions. Therefore, we can open a PDF file in Office Word and convert it to an Open Office document.

Step 1. Open the PDF with Microsoft Word. You can open it in two ways.

  • Right-click on the PDF file and go to "Open With" > "Microsoft Word" on the drop-down menu.
  • Launch Office Word and go to "File" > "Open" > "Computer" or other paths to navigate to and open your target PDF file.

Step 2. There will be a warning message popping up to remind you this action will convert the PDF to Word, just choose "OK".

Microsoft Word Converting Warning

Step 3. Now your PDF file has been converted to an editable Word document. Next, go to "File" > "Save As" > "OpenDocument Text", then set the file name and storage location, and click "Save".

Microsoft Word Save As ODT

2. Microsoft Office 2010 and Earlier

Now you've successfully converted your PDF file to an Open Office document with Microsoft Word. So what if the Word version you're using is only Microsoft 2010 or earlier? Don't worry, you can use the help of PDFelement Pro, a professional PDF editor, and converter for both Windows and Mac users.

Step 1. Download the right version of PDFelement Pro according to your operating system, and install it on your device.

Step 2. Click "Open File" on the main interface to open the PDF file you want to convert.

PDFelement Pro Open File

Step 3. Choose the "Convert" menu on top, then click the "To Word" option below to save the PDF to Word document.

PDFelement Pro Convert to Word

Step 4. Open the converted Word document with Microsoft Word and choose "Save As" on the "File" menu, then select "OpenDocument Text" as the output format.

Part 3. Convert PDF to Open Office Online

The final and most effortless way to convert PDF to Open Office document is to use an online converter, which doesn't matter if you have OpenOffice or Microsoft Word installed on your device. Among all the online solutions, we recommend Google Docs and Zamzar - both are free and easy.

1. Google Docs

Google Docs is an online document processor that enables users to view, edit, and convert text documents in different formats. Saving a PDF to Open Office is very simple, here's how it works.

Step 1. Log in with your Google Docs account. If you don't have one, just register one.

Step 2. Click the "File Folder" icon to open a file opener. Choose "Upload" if your target PDF file is on your local device. If the file is stored on your Google Drive, just go for the "My Drive" option.

Step 3. The PDF will be opened on the web browser. Now select "Google Docs" from the drop-down list of the "Open With Google Docs" option.

Open PDF With Google Docs

Step 4. Once the PDF is opened with the Google Docs online editor, go to the "File" tab on top and select "Download" > "OpenDocument Format".

Google Docs Download As ODT

2. Zamzar

Unlike Google Docs, Zamzar is a professional and comprehensive online document converter instead of a document processor. With the free online converter on Zamzar, converting PDF to Open Office documents is as easy as you can imagine.

Step 1. Access to the Zamzar homepage and you can see a 3-step operation box. Click the "Add Files" button on the left to upload the PDF file to be converted.

Zamzar Upload File

Step 2. On the "Convert to" section, select "odt" from the output formats list.

Zamzar Select ODT Format

Step 3. Press "Convert Now" to start converting your PDF file.

Step 4. Once the conversion completes, a download link will be offered on the result page. Hit the "Download" button to save the converted Open Office document on your local device.

These two online solutions enable you to do the conversion without any device and system limitation, while the other two allow you to convert PDF to Open Office offline when you don't have an internet connection. Do you have any supplement on this topic? What else do you prefer us to write about the PDF documents? Please let us know if you have anything to say to us by leaving a comment.

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