Have you been sent a PDF document containing a table that you would like to transfer to Excel? I'll be honest, it's not a very simple operation. Convert PDF to Excel it requires work for which it is not easy to keep the original file structure intact. Often you get documents that are not formatted correctly or with truncated information, however there are conversion services that, as far as possible, do a good job: if you want I can report some and explain how to use them.
Most of the services I want to recommend to you today are free and Web-based, which means you don't have to download any software to your computer to get them to work. The only "annoyance" is that to use some of them you have to provide a valid email address (where you will receive links to download the converted files), but you can easily bypass the problem using a temporary email service.
All clear? Well, then I would say not to get lost in chat further and to see together how to convert PDF documents into Excel sheets. I hope that the files in your possession are easily "digested" by these services and that you are able to obtain the desired results. Good luck and happy reading!
I Love PDF
I Love PDF is one of the best services for converting and editing PDF files online. It's completely free (albeit with an upload limit of 200MB and the ability to convert no more than one file at a time) and doesn't require you to enter your email address. To use the Excel conversion function offered by the service, connect to its home page using the link I just provided and drag the PDF to convert into the browser window.
So press on the button Convert to Excel, wait a few seconds for the document to be processed and the output file will be automatically downloaded to your PC. If the download does not start automatically, click on the button Download Excel to start it "manually".
Online2PDF is another great service that allows you to convert PDF to Excel online for free and without annoying registration. It has an upload limit of 100MB (50MB per file) and allows you to convert up to 20 documents simultaneously. It adds a little writing to the output files, but luckily the writing can be removed easily with any spreadsheet program.
To use Online2PDF, linked to its home page and drag the files to convert into the browser window. So make sure that in the drop-down menu Convert to the format is selected xLSX (or select the format xls of the old versions of Excel, if you prefer) and presses the button Convert to start the conversion first and then the download of the document.
If you want, by clicking on the tab Excel found below you can also change the symbol used by the service for decimal separation (the comma) and replace it with a period.
PDF to Excel Online
Among the solutions for convert PDF to Excel I suggest you also try PDF to Excel online developed by Nitro PDF, which manages to keep the original layout of the documents almost intact and processes the files very quickly. To use it, connected to its home page, click on the button Select a file and choose the PDF document to turn into a spreadsheet.
Type your e-mail address in the text field below and click on Convert now to start the conversion process. Within a few seconds, you will receive via email the link to download the Excel document (xls) generated by the service.
Convert PDF to XLS
Another very reliable service for convert PDF to Excel is Convert PDF to XLS which however has a small contraindication that may bother you: at the end of the conversion, it does not instantly provide the download link but sends it via email after about 30 minutes.
If you are not in a hurry and want to find out how it works, connected to its home page, click on the button KATEGORIEN and select the PDF to convert. Next, click on the button Step 2, type your e-mail address in the text field that appears and click on the button Send to start the conversion.
After about 30 minutes, open your inbox, connect to the link contained in the message you received from Convert PDF to XLS and click on the button Free download present on the page that opens to download your Excel sheet.
If the service is not available, you can contact the Free PDF To Excel Converter tool available on the Investintech website, which works in a practically identical way.
Please note: online converters protect user privacy by deleting documents from their servers within days of uploading. However, I do not recommend using them if you need to convert documents that include sensitive information (e.g. bank details, addresses or other personal information).
Programs to Convert PDF to Excel
None of the solutions I have just reported to you fully satisfy your needs? In this case you can try to rely on an application to install on your computer. I am referring to Able2Extract which is paid but is available in a free trial version that works for 7 days and allows you to convert up to 3 pages at a time.
Using Able2Extract you can convert PDF to Excel in a completely automatic way (like the online services we talked about before) or manually selecting the values to be included in the final spreadsheet. The software is very intuitive and is available for all major computer operating systems: Windows, macOS and Linux.
To download the free trial version of Able2Extract, connect to its official website and click on the button for the operating system you use on your PC. In my example I'll be using Windows, so I'll click the button Windows download.
When the download is complete, open the Able2Extract installation package (InstallAble2Extract.exe) and first click on Yes and then Next. Then put the check mark on the item I accept the agreement to accept the conditions of use of the program and complete the setup by clicking on Next twice in a row and then on install e Finish.
When installation is complete, start Able2Extract, click on the button Continue trial and open the PDF to be converted into an Excel document by pressing the button Open which is located at the top left.
At this point, select with the mouse the values of the PDF file to be transported in the Excel sheet, click on the button Excel which is at the top left and choose whether to convert the document in mode automatic or “manual” (custom) having the ability to change the structure of the output spreadsheet.
Once you have made your choice, select the folder to export the file in Excel format, click on the button Complete conversion and wait patiently for the output document to be generated.
At the end of the operation you will be able to view, and then freely modify, the file obtained using any program for processing spreadsheets, including Excel and LibreOffice / OpenOffice. It wasn't difficult, was it?