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How to convert PDF to docx

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How can I convert PDF to docx using the terminal or a Linux app?

The output docx must be formatted with editable text.

Some alternative solutions I've seen online using soffice and abiword output a docx with images of each paragraph.

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Pdf is one of the most unsuitable file formats to use as a starting point for converting it to docx. A pdf by itself is pretty much "dumb", it knows the position of letters etc, but not much more.

You want to take a step further up in your workflow to where your pdf came from. If you have the latex sources or if you can export your document into another file format like html, then you still have all the knowledge about the document structure.

You can then use pandoc to convert to docx. For example from latex to docx:

pandoc -s document.tex -o test.docx

which will result in an editable docx with headlines and everything:

screenshot of the resulting docx being edited

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This is truly incredible! You got to the root of my problem! My only remaining issue is that the ... (5 comments)
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This is truly incredible! You got to the root of my problem! My only remaining issue is that the ...
mcp‭ wrote over 1 year ago

This is truly incredible! You got to the root of my problem!

My only remaining issue is that the styling doesn't really carry over, for example, my html section headers are red and a nice font, but with pandoc -s doc.html -o doc.docx they look like yours, blue and bold.

samcarter‭ wrote over 1 year ago

Look into pandoc templates to configure the look and feel of the result.

mcp‭ wrote over 1 year ago

Okay, thanks for the lead!

mcp‭ wrote over 1 year ago
mcp‭ wrote over 1 year ago