Converting PDFs to Excel probably doesn’t sound that exciting but, because most PDF files lack structure, copying tabular content out of them is extremely difficult as it’s so hard to tell where columns, rows and tables start and finish, it’s a very messy and manual process with out a specialized tool. And because these days so many Excel files (and others containing tables) have been converted into PDF files, there’s a lot of people who need to get the content back out PDFs for reuse.
You can use PDF to Excel to quickly and easily create highly, editable XLS files, making it a cinch to re-use tables and spreadsheets from PDF files in Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice, Google Docs, and WordPerfect Office. Best of all, you can do it entirely free.
Most PDF-to-Excel converters don’t attempt to retain the look of tables at all. They get right into it. The example above shows you the kinds of formatting PDF to Excel can handle, including fonts sizes and styles, borders, cell colors and row and column spacing.
Here’s how it works:
- Head to the PDF-to-Excel site
- Select a PDF to convert, enter your email address, and submit the file
- Our server processes the file (identifying tables, discarding other content and packaging the tables into a XLS file) and then emails it
- You check your email, it will be their in few minutes.
- All done.