by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2014)
One of the historical problems that people have had with PDF files is that they can be tricky to get into an editable format of some type. (I can't tell you how many times I've been asked about converting PDF files into Word documents.) While the last couple of years have seen some improvements in this area, Google Docs has bypassed a lot of the historic problems by building an OCR (optical character recognition) capability into their uploading capabilities.
In order to take advantage of this feature, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Upload Settings dialog box.
When the upload is done, your PDF file is saved as a Docs file with the same name as the original PDF file. If you open that file, you'll find the original PDF embedded at the start of the document and then the text that was pulled from the PDF at the end of the document. You can then edit it as you desire, just as you would with any other Docs document.
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