How To Convert Any File To Excel

Analyzing data with Excel

In the world of digital file formats, conversion is always a necessity. There are times when you don’t always have the right format for a certain task or assignment.

But the good news is that you can always get your content formatted properly, whether you’re converting from YouTube to MP4, PNG to JPG or PDF to Excel.

There’s only one obstacle. When converting from one format to another, sometimes your content isn’t in a format from which your document converter can extract the data. And this is especially true with PDF converters. What happens when the tables you need aren’t within a PDF file?

You can have tabular data that’s in MS Word or PowerPoint, for example. After all, there’s no rule on where you’ll find your data!

Naturally, the most common solution people have is to convert that file to a PDF, so that they can convert that resulting PDF to the format they need. But that extra step that wastes so much time, and even more so if you don’t have a tool that can create PDFs on hand. You have to search online or even download free software to create a PDF first.

Believe it or not, there’s a shortcut that allows you to convert non-PDF content to Excel. 

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How to Get Rid of Headers and Footers in PDF Tables

Headers and Footers in PDF Tables

Being able to convert a PDF document without issue is rare if you don’t have the right tools. When performing full document conversions, for instance, the idea is to get everything converted in one sitting. More often than not though, those PDFs can contain long PDF tables.

Now, you can have as many PDF tools as you want that will handle a full document conversion without choking on it, but what they won’t do is give you the ability to deal with the smaller details.

What are we talking about? Headers and footers.

These headers and footers unfortunately get included with full document conversions. Consequently, when you convert the whole document, your converted results get cluttered with them popping up in between the tabular data you want. This means some post-conversion clean up in Microsoft Excel, which we all know is a waste of time.

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PDF to Excel: How to Exclude Text Surrounding Tables

Person doing spreadsheet analysis

Despite the many advantages of Portable Document Format, users find PDFs inconvenient for reusing the embedded content. To accurately convert PDF to Excel, and more specifically – just PDF tables surrounded by text and other types of content – you need a professional PDF tool such as Able2Extract.

Excel is probably the best known and most used spreadsheet software in the world. It’s an essential productivity tool that automates many tasks when it comes to analyzing large quantities of numeric data.

Performing data analysis in Excel tables is the best way to decipher the information relevant to your personal and business goals that are usually hidden behind the numbers. Nevertheless, presenting those conclusions in an easy-to-comprehend and meaningful way requires textual explanations, graphs, and other various types of content. The end result of an analysis is a properly structured document containing titles and subtitles, text, images, graphs, tables, etc.

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PDF To Excel Conversion: Fixing Misplaced Column Content

How to fix misplaced text in PDF to Excel conversion

PDF to Excel conversion is probably the most problematic conversion of them all. Why? Because PDFs don’t contain formatting or rows & columns unless they’re tagged. Furthermore, chances that you’re dealing with a tagged PDF are really slim, to say the least.  

Bottom line, you need to accept the fact that you won’t get an accurate PDF to Excel conversion, right? Wrong! We’ll show you how to save yourself from having to clean up hundreds of misaligned and poorly formatted rows and columns as a result of the poor conversion.

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How to Convert PDF to Excel: Formatting Issues Solved

Custom Formatting PDF to Excel

Accurate PDF to Excel conversion is one of the most difficult tasks for any PDF converter software. That’s why users often complain that PDF won’t convert correctly to Excel. They think the software is not working properly because they experience formatting issues when converting PDF to Excel.

Online communities are a valuable source of knowledge and a helpful resource when it comes to solving all kinds of computer related problems. Nevertheless, it seems they fall short when questions like these arise:

  • How to convert PDF to Excel without losing formatting?
  • How to retain formatting when converting PDF to Excel?
  • How to keep columns and rows when converting PDF to Excel?
  • How to get values in the correct cells when converting PDF to Excel?
  • How to convert PDF to Excel and get rows and columns to be useful?

Why is that so? Well, there’s a misconception that all PDF converters work the same way thus giving similar end results when it comes to PDF to Excel conversion.

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