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How to convert pdf into doc/docx/odt (lowriter)

asked 2016-06-22 01:57:22 +0100

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I'm trying to convert pdf file to docx and getting the following error:

root@ubuntu-xenial:/home/ubuntu/docs# lowriter --invisible --convert-to docx pdf-sample.pdf 
Error: no export filter for /home/ubuntu/docs/pdf-sample.docx found, aborting.
Error: no export filter

Ubuntu 16.04, LibreOffice

Please suggest how to convert pdf to docx. Thanks!

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Hi - did you find anything ? I am facing same problem

rajsf gravatar imagerajsf ( 2016-06-22 10:30:43 +0100 )edit

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answered 2016-10-19 17:41:55 +0100

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PDF-files are not easy to convert directly into a text document as the internal structure in the PDF is very different from the one in a text document. Even when the PDF origins from a text document the internal structure looks more like a DTP page.

You can open almost any PDF file with LibreOffice Draw and from there work your way forward.

As you will see each line of text is a single text box and each text box is not related to the previous or next line in any way.

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answered 2020-02-19 12:37:59 +0100

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To open a PDF in LibreOffice Writer, you need to choose "PDF - Portable Document Format (Writer)" in the File Open dialog:

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Then you can save it in whatever format you wish (to odt, to doc, to docx).

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