How to Extract Text from PDF files on Windows 10?


PDF(Portable document format) is the most used tool to read or transfer a file between users. More than just a tool, it has become a part of the daily lives of Windows users. When you transfer or download a file to your computer, it usually opens in PDF format. This is because Windows computers come with an in-built PDF reader, so you do not require third-party applications to read the file. However, if you want to extract the text or a part of the text from the PDF, you will need a third-party application.

This risewindows article will discuss how you can extract text from PDF files or convert PDF files to text files in Windows. There are two ways you can use to extract text from PDF files. It’s either with the help of some third-party applications or using online methods. Here in, we are going to discuss both the online as well offline ways.


This application can extract text and images from a PDF file. And the good thing is, you can do it for free. To begin, browse the ExtractPDF website on your computer. Once you do that, go to the Choose File option, after which you can choose a file from which you want to extract the text or image. You can also paste a URL on there. After that, click on Start to begin the process. It will take a few seconds, after which the text and the images will be extracted from the selected PDF file. You can download these to your computer. 25 MB of PDF files is supported by the application currently.

Go to download the official website ExtractPDF application.

Online OCR

The second freeware software we have brought for you is Online OCR. And it’s pretty simple to use. You have to select the file from which you want to extract the text and then choose the language it is in. Once you do that, click on the Convert button. After it’s done converting the file for you, you can get it downloaded to your computer in word format (.docx). The maximum file size it supports is 15 MB.

You can click here to access Online OCR.

STDU Viewer

The third application that we have for you is STDU Viewer. It is free to use and supports a wide range of formats like 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. You can also use this application to export text contents from PDF files.

To use this application, go to File > Export > to text or to image. If a prompt window appears on your screen, click on OK.

Go to the official website to download the application.

A-PDF Text Extractor

The following freeware we have for you is A-PDF Text Extractor, which you can use to extract text from a PDF. It is free for both personal and commercial use. Start by clicking on the Open button from the menu. Once you do that, choose a file from your computer from which you want to extract the text and click on the Extract text button. The extraction process will begin.

Click here to access the A-PDF Text Extractor.

Gaaiho PDF Reader

Lastly, we have Gaaiho PDF Reader, which can be an alternative to extract text from a PDF file. Having a user-friendly interface, it comes with a plethora of additional features. To begin, go to the PDF from which you want to extract the text. Now go to the File menu and then click on Save as option. Now, from the drop-down menu next to Save as typeclick on PDF to Text option. Finally, click on Save.

That is it.

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