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How to Convert PDFs to Word Documents
Written by: Eric Griffith (PCMag)
The PDF (Portable Document Format) is the open standard, created by Adobe in the 1990s, for presenting documents so they look consistent across all platforms and software. DOC (or DOCX) is the format/file extension used mainly by Microsoft Word for its word processing documents. The two aren't anywhere near compatible. You can't open a DOC file with Adobe Reader (or any other free PDF reader like FoxIt and Sumatra).

But, in answer to the often-made query "How do I convert PDFs to Word format" -which really means, "How do I edit a PDF in Word" -the answer these days is easy. Just open the PDF in Word.

As of Word 2013 (released in 2012), Microsoft has offered a function called PDF Reflow. It does what you expect. In Word, you go to the File tab, select open, select any PDF File, and open it right up for editing, as if it was a Word DOCX file.

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How to Stop Spam
Written by: Contributor (wikiHow)
Spam has become a constant fixture in our online lives. While it's easy to gloss over spam in your inbox, accidentally clicking a spam link can lead to a virus infection and identity theft. Fight back against spammers by actively blocking spam you receive; doing so will also help prevent future spam. Your inbox will thank you. The following tutorial provides step-by-step tips on how to stop unwanted emails.

Check who it's from. Nearly all the time, spam comes from an unrecognized sender, often with odd email addresses. That doesn't mean all unrecognized email is spam. Legitimate newsletters, website administration emails (password resets, authentication requests, etc.), and more may come from addresses you don't recognize.

Look for links. Only click links from trusted senders. The entire purpose of spam is to get you to click a link. If an email contains a link and you don't recognize the sender, chances are it is spam. Hover your mouse over any link to see the destination in your browser or email client's status bar.

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