Exclusive: Microsoft Word 2013 to support built-in PDF editing

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted June 29, 2012 24 comments

Office 2013 LogoThose who had been using Microsoft Word for their daily word processing tasks knows that ever since Office 2010 the software included the ability to save Word documents as PDF format (and an official plug-in is available for Office 2007 too). However, this had always been a one-way street, as you cannot go the other way and try to edit or open the PDF file in Word without the use of third-party software. LiveSide recently learnt that this is set to change with Word 2013, and you will be able to directly open and edit PDF content in Microsoft Word. This is how it will work, according to exclusive information we received:

Edit PDF content in Word

With Word 2013, you can convert a PDF document into a Word document and edit the content.

To convert a PDF, you open it like you would any other document.

  1. Click File > Open > Browse.
  2. Find the PDF and click Open.

The converted document might not have a perfect page to page correspondence with the original. The conversion works best with mostly textual documents.

In addition, according to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is also adding PDF viewing capability to Word 2013, providing a “stunning new reading experience for both traditional Word documents and PDFs that reflows text in a columnar view automatically." Check out the screenshot below, courtesy of WinSupersite:

Word 2013 - Reading Mode

You can even bookmark a spot and come back to the same spot when you re-open the document:

Word 2013 - Bookmark

According to Dutch-based website Bouweenpc.nl (via Neowin), Microsoft has completed the first public beta build of Office 2013 and that it should be released for public download sometime next week. Of course, nothing has been officially confirmed by Microsoft, but it was officially said that the public beta will be coming sometime this summer. June had been an exciting month for Microsoft, and it seems like the only missing piece left is their Office productivity suite. Expect to hear more about Office 2013 soon, and stay tuned at LiveSide!

Posted June 29th, 2012 at 7:16 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Office, Office 2013
  • Comeonliveside

    Exclusive? Please. From The Verge on March 6th!

    “Microsoft has also added a PDF reflow feature to Word 15 that lets users open PDF documents, reflowing PDF content as document elements as if they were created in Word”

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/6/2848579/microsoft-office-15-features-improvements

    • Jason

      Reflow is kinda different from actually being able to edit contents in a PDF!

    • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

      The exclusive part was the PDF EDITING! That wasn’t mentioned in the Verge and I haven’t seen that mentioned anywhere else.

  • Comeonliveside

    Exclusive? Please. From The Verge on March 6th!

    “Microsoft has also added a PDF reflow feature to Word 15 that lets users open PDF documents, reflowing PDF content as document elements as if they were created in Word”

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/6/2848579/microsoft-office-15-features-improvements

    • Jason

      Reflow is kinda different from actually being able to edit contents in a PDF!

    • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

      The exclusive part was the PDF EDITING! That wasn’t mentioned in the Verge and I haven’t seen that mentioned anywhere else.

  • Sascenter

    YES!!

  • Sascenter

    YES!!

  • AJ

    Good bye Adobe Reader. ;)

    • jdm8

      Reader? As in the document viewer? So you’re going to open Word to read a PDF? It’s regular Acrobat you use to write the files, not Reader.

    • http://wordprocessingapps.com/ Word Processing Apps

      Adobe reader? I dislike it! I am using Foxit Reader…

  • AJ

    Good bye Adobe Reader. ;)

    • jdm8

      Reader? As in the document viewer? So you’re going to open Word to read a PDF? It’s regular Acrobat you use to write the files, not Reader. Reader has some rudimentary write features, but opening Word to do what Reader does doesn’t make much sense.

    • http://wordprocessingapps.com/ Word Processing Apps

      Adobe reader? I dislike it! I am using Foxit Reader…

  • Samt_05

    RIP Adobe Reader

  • Samt_05

    RIP Adobe Reader

  • epobirs

    What I really want is a Save as EPUB feature.

  • epobirs

    What I really want is a Save as EPUB feature.

  • Cijunioor

    great.

  • Cijunioor

    great.

  • http://twitter.com/lucapettini Luca Pettini

    For me what is enough is the possibility to save as PDF. For editing and view pdf files I think combination of Acrobat +Reader is the top

  • http://twitter.com/lucapettini Luca Pettini

    For me what is enough is the possibility to save as PDF. For editing and view pdf files I think combination of Acrobat +Reader is the top

  • BTYahoo-Customer

    This can’t be exclusive to Microsoft office because WordPerfect Office suite has bewen doing it for years.  In X6 theis feature of opening and editing pdf files is even better.  I suggest you guys should write a balance report in the future.  Why not visit this link and try it out:

    http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4720105&cid=catalog3550067&segid=6400043

    I hope you could write another piece to highlight this fact.

  • JAY TANNA

    This can’t be exclusive to Microsoft office because WordPerfect Office suite has bewen doing it for years.  In X6 theis feature of opening and editing pdf files is even better.  I suggest you guys should write a balance report in the future.  Why not visit this link and try it out:

    http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4720105&cid=catalog3550067&segid=6400043

    I hope you could write another piece to highlight this fact.