Convert a PDF to Excel

How many times have you received a PDF file that you needed to quickly edit or copy some data from, but found that you couldn’t because it was in PDF format?

This post will show a few different ways you can get around this problem.

Free vs Paid solutions

There are both free and paid solutions to this problem, and they give you different results. The paid solutions generally work better, so if you find yourself converting PDFs to Word and Excel on a regular basis, it is worth investing a few $ in a good tool to work with.

Free Option:

Small PDF, PDF to Excel Converter

The Small PDF website has a variety of conversion tools, including PDF to Word and PDF to Excel. In our testing is copied over all of the elements of the Word doc we tested, and it was also easier to edit this document after conversion. All in all, we give this tool 8/10.

How do you use it:

  1. Visit the site
  2. Click “CHOOSE FILES”
  1. Select the file you want to convert from your local computer
  2. Select “Convert to Excel”, then “Choose option”
  1. Select “Download”
  1. Open your converted file in Microsoft Word

Paid Option:

Foxit PDF Editor ($11/Month, $243 outright)

Foxit PDF editor is a fully featured PDF editing tool, and the small brother of Foxit PDF Editor Pro. For the majority of small businesses, Foxit PDF Editor has enough functionality for day-to-day use.

How do you use it:

  1. Grab a free trial of Foxit PDF Editor here
  2. Open your PDF file in Foxit
  3. Go to File > Export > To MS Office > Word
  1. Click “Save As”
  2. Select a location on your computer and click “Save”