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    Importing a PDF table into Excel

    I have a PDF table that I need to import into Excel. Copy and pasting creates one big column with all of the values in the table. Example:

    PDF table is:


    3 5 6 9
    1 2 3 4
    5 6 7 9

    Copying results in:

    3
    1
    5
    5
    2
    6
    6
    3
    7
    9
    4
    9

    Anyway to fix this? I have to do a bunch of files and need something quick.

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    Re: Importing a PDF table into Excel

    Zapp,

    when I import a table into excel make sure you select delimited. I just tried it and it imported properly.

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    Re: Importing a PDF table into Excel

    Where do you find this option? I tried "Paste Special" but the only options are text and unicode text.

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    Re: Importing a PDF table into Excel

    Ah thats the issue, you are trying to cut and paste. You need to use the import function in excel.

    1. select the table data you want in the PDF format. Right click it and click save table as. (if you have a newer version and adobe then you can click open in excel)

    2. open excel and get data. find the PDF file you saved and then click open.
    3. there you will see the delimited option.

    I hope this helps.

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    Re: Importing a PDF table into Excel

    If you're using Adobe, you can select the table, right-click, and select Open Table in Spreadsheet
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    Re: Importing a PDF table into Excel

    I get stuck at step one since there is no table option when I right-click in Adobe. I think the issue is that the file is constructed so that the text doesn't have any returns but is made to show these values as being next to each other. So it isn't a "Table" by definition. You can tell in this picture just by the way the text gets highlighted.

    Still no clue how to fix this lol
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