How to extract text from PDF files on Windows 10?

PDF (Portable Document Format) is the most popular file format for transferring a file to somebody by email or reading it online. PDF files remain in read-only format and can not be edited easily. All major operating systems, including Windows 8/8.1/10, comes with an inbuilt PDF reader, meaning you can view PDF files without installing any third-party software. If you have some PDF files and want to extract all text from them, you can not do the same without any third-party tool. This guide will check how to extract text from PDF files or convert PDF files to text files in Windows.

PDF files can be extracted to a text file using online tools or also with the help of software from a PC. If you don’t want to install any third party on your Windows 10 PC, you can use online services. However, we mention both online and offline methods to extract text from PDF files in this post.


ExtractPDF is a free online service to extract text as well as images from a PDF file. After browsing the ExtractPDF website, click on the Choose File button and select the PDF file from your PC. You can also upload the file from an online URL. Once the file is uploaded, click on the Start button. Within a few seconds, images and texts are extracted from the selected PDF file. Now, you can download the extracted text as well as images on your PC. At present, it supports up to 25 MB of PDF file size.

You can access ExtractPDF from here.

Online OCR

Online OCR is another free online service through which you can extract texts from a PDF file. It is straightforward to use. Just upload the file through your PC, select the language in which your PDF file is available, finally click on the Convert button. Once the conversion is completed, it offers to download the file in Word format (.docx). It supports only 15 MB of PDF files at a time.

Access Online OCR by clicking on this link.

STDU Viewer

STDU Viewer is free software that is designed to open and view multiple file-formats, e.g., TIFF, PDF, DjVu, XPS, JBIG2, WWF, PDF, FB2, TXT, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), TCR, PalmDoc(PDB), MOBI, AZW, EPub, DCX and image (BMP, PCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, PSD), TXT, TCR, PDB, FB2, PDF, XPS, MOBI, AZW, EPub or Djvu file, etc. In addition to that, it also supports exporting text contents from PDF files.

To export the text or image contents of a PDF file, click File > Export > to text or to image. When prompted, select a location to save the new text file and then click the OK button.

Opt STDU Viewer from here.

A-PDF Text Extractor

A-PDF Text Extractor is another freeware tool designed to work in Windows operating systems to extract text from PDF files. It is free for both personal and commercial use.

To extract text from a PDF file, click the Open button from the menu to select the PDF file from your PC and click on the Extract text button. It will start extracting text for you.

Open A-PDF Text Extractor from here.

Gaaiho PDF Reader

Gaaiho PDF Reader is a beautiful PDF reader for Windows operating systems. It comes with an elegant and easy-to-understand interface. Basically, it is a PDF reader but has a lot of additional features. This free utility lets you extract texts from a PDF file in a few mouse clicks only.

Open up the PDF document using Gaaiho PDF Reader from which you want to extract the texts. Click the File menu and select Save as option. Now, select PDF to Text option from the drop-down menu next to Save as type. Finally, click on the Save button to get the desired results in text format.

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