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Convert PDF to Word Document For Free

Copying text from (Adobe) PDF files to MS Word is a bit tedious when the files are lengthy. What you need is a software or website that does it easily for you. Here are some resources that let you convert PDF documents to MS Word (.doc) files; for Free!

Websites -

Convert PDF to WORD document onlineOne such site it ConvertPDFtoWord. Just select your PDF file and upload it. The site converts your file to an MS Word document.

PDF2Word Online - Convert PDF to Word Online for FreePDF2Word Online is another easy tool that lets you convert to a Word document.

PDFtoWord logoPDFtoWord lets you mail the converted .doc or .rtf to your inbox. This one also retains the formatting from the PDF file.

PDF to WORD Conversion with ZamzarZamzar offers conversion of files between many formats; PDF to Word is one among them!

Transform PDF to Word online with Media ConvertMedia-Convert! Another conversion tool that supports multiple file formats.

Pdf to Word conversion by emailKoolWire lets you convert PDF to Doc by email. Just email a PDF file as an attachment to doc[at] You will receive a converted Word document with the reply.

Desktop Tools -
If you want a desktop application for the conversion, check out the Free PDF to Word Converter.

That's all folks! If you know of any other piece of software or website, please drop us a comment.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Schedule Automatic Shutdown and Restart in Windows

Here's a tool to automatically shutdown your Windows machine at a scheduled time; well you can also schedule a Restart or LogOff.

That tool is PowerOff, which has two features that makes it attractive; its easy to use and is free.
Just download and open it; there is not need to install.
1. Select your preferred date and time for an action.
2. Select an action i.e Shutdown, Restart or Log-Off.
3. Check the Force button. Click Yes.

That's all. You can also Shutdown by using a timer, kind of a stopwatch like feature.
Tested on Windows XP

[Download Power-Off]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 20, 2008
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How to Open .Docx and .Xlsx Office 2007 Files

As many of you may know, .docx and .xlsx are formats used by Microsoft Office 2007 applications, Word and Excel. Older versions of MS Word and Excel which use .doc and .xls formats, cannot open the new formats. They can open the new formats, provided you install certain updates.
Here's what you got to do.

For users with older version of Microsoft Office -
Install Microsoft Compatibility Pack. This will enable older Office apps to open the new formats.

For Windows users who don't have MS Office -
Windows users can download Word Viewer. With this, you can only view the .docx document but cannot edit it.

Using Free Conversion Tools -
Docx2Rtf is a free software that converts .Docx files to .Rtf. The converted file can be read by your Word Processor.

Using the Web -
The Web's a great place, full of online convertors. Just upload the .docx file to or and convert it.

OpenOffice and StarOffice -
Users can use the free Open XML Translator.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, November 14, 2008
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Copy all Filenames in a Directory to a Text File

Got to know this last week! This works great if you want to save all the filenames in a directory to a text file.1. Open up your command prompt by typing cmd in the run dialog box and hitting Enter.
2. Navigate to the directory which has the files and type the following command -
DIR /B /O:N > filename.txt
This will save all the filenames in the current directory to a text file. The text file will be saved in the same directory.
3. To save file names from any sub-directories in the current folder, just add /S like -
DIR /B /O:N /S > filename.txt

That's all!
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Flip Text Upside-Down

Check out this tool that lets you flip any text upside down. What's its use? I don't know! Just saw it and wanted to let you know.
Here's how it looks - ,uʍop ǝpısdn sı ʇxǝʇ sıɥʇ,
You could probably use it to annoy your friends. Ok! That's no use. Anyway, here's the site.

Flip is a simple website with two boxes and a button. Use them and get your text to stand upside-down.
The inverted text seems to kick out uppercase letters though.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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