Trial-related documents uploaded as Microsoft Word (.doc), Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, or .xlsb), and WordPerfect files contain text that abstractors can copy and paste directly. PDFs (portable document format) contain text that abstractors can copy only if the content was created from other text-based applications such as Word or Excel.
Abstractors can not copy and paste text from scanned documents
Avoid uploading PDFs of scanned documents. They can not be edited, copied, or read with OCR (optical character recognition) applications.
Microsoft provides instructions for converting files to PDFs both on their website and in the Help documentation in each of its applications.
When searching for help, use "save file as pdf" as the search term.
You do not need a document converter in Mac OSX. Instead, print your documents to a PDF file.
How to Convert Text-Based Files to PDFs in Mac OSX
- Open your text file in its original format (such as .doc or .xls).
- Click File > Print.
- In the Print window, click the PDF button at the bottom-left and select the Save as PDF option.
- Choose the file location, rename your PDF file, and then click Save.