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PDF to word conversion (failed) converted all computer files (?)


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#1 Barefoot2

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

First, let me say I was an idiot for even thinking I should attempt this, given my computer skills. (Edited for clarity of the past tense, ...what I did, rather than the attempt to fix it now.)

I had a pdf file that I wanted to be able to use and print, rather than have to fill it out by hand. (It was a form for my bio lab subjects, needed for final submission.) I found a (free) conversion tool online, and ran the file through it. It didn't turn out a functional word document, but rather a bunch of "gibberish". So, I took the time to recreate the overall pdf page using word tools, and used it instead.

Sometime later, I went to open a file that I had on my laptop, and realized that I had the same gibberish that I was presented with in that conversion attempt. After perusing my files, I realized that I no longer had any pdf icons in my files, but rather a "modified" looking word icon, which I figured was in place in any location that had originally housed a pdf file. Of course, now they are all useless to me. It also appears that I can't download pdf files anymore without it trying to convert them in the same format.

Can anyone tell me what I can do about this? I tried to go through system restore, and unless I just didn't go back far enough, it didn't work. So I thought that I should ask for advice before I try to do anything else.

ETA, I am using the 2010 office suite with Windows 7

Edited by Barefoot2, 09 December 2012 - 10:31 PM.


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#2 md2lgyk

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:24 AM

Can you right click one of these files and select "Open with?" If you can, select your PDF viewer (Adobe,Foxit, Nitro, or whatever it is) and see if it opens the file correctly. Since this problem affects all your PDF files, it almost seems like the file association for PDFs has been somehow changed.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

Thank you!!!! That fixed it.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:18 AM

Thank you for letting us know. I'm glad the problem is resolved.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

If you want to convert documents to PDF use Universal Document Converter. Its the best imho.


Edited by wantei, 28 February 2013 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:47 AM

well cant you get the original form back? btw ive filled out a form recently in pdf and it already provides the spaces to write on your computer..

thats kind of the point of a form :/

anyways not sure what yuo can do about it, but i suggest not converting pdf to word unless you want to copy paste some text like i do from time to time ( http://pdftoword.pro/ )

but yeah normal pdf to word converters only convert plain text



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:59 PM

Sorry to hear that you had a bad pdf convertor.You should change a pdf convertor to solve your problem.

 






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