PDF > Settings

Use the Settings page to specify settings that SDL Trados Studio uses when it converts a PDF file to Word.

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The conversion software is from Solid Documents, and the descriptions below are edited extracts from the Solid Documents documentation.




  • Flowing - This mode recovers page layout, columns, formatting, graphics, and preserve text flow.

  • Continuous - Use this mode when you need the content in the file, but do not need to retain the exact layout of the document. This mode uses page layout and columns analysis to correctly reconstruct the text order but will only recover paragraph formatting, graphics, and text flow.

  • Exact - This mode uses Word text boxes to ensure that the text and graphic layout in the Word document is the same as the PDF file.

Image recovery

  • Automatic Anchoring - Depending on the certain image position anchor the image to the nearest paragraph or to the page using the automatically calculated offsets.

  • Anchor to Paragraph - Anchor the images to the nearest paragraph.

  • Anchor to Page - Anchor the images to the page using the automatically calculated offsets.

  • Remove Images - Remove all images that are not inline.

Headers and footers

  • Recover as headers and/or footers - Select to detect headers and footers and add them as MS Word headers and footers in the output file.

  • Place in the body of the document - Select if you want not to detect headers and footers. In this situation headers and footers will be handled as an ordinary text and will be placed into the document.

  • Remove - Select if you want to detect headers and footers but remove them from the output document.

Depending on the reconstruction mode different options are available. For Flowing mode all headers and footers options are available. In Continuous mode, you can select Place in the body of the document or Remove.

Table detection

  • Detect Tables - if selected, the software recognizes PDF tables and creates MS Word tables from the recognized tables.

Recognize PDF text

These options control the conversion of symbols when there is missing or incorrect font encoding detected during the conversion process to Microsoft Word. Adjusting these options may help when the text or some symbols in the converted file look garbled. Choose one of the following:

  • Every characters - Apply optical text recovery to all text.

  • Problem characters only - Let the application determine where optical text recovery is required.   

  • None - Turn off optical text recovery.