Importing data from PDF documents into Excel spreadsheets has become easier, courtesy of PDF Data Connector. Similar to any other data source in Excel, Office 365 subscribers can now establish a connection between Excel and a PDF document. This way, users select data they wish to import into an Excel spreadsheet. Importing PDF data into Excel spreadsheets is part of Excel’s Get & Transform feature.
How to use PDF Data Connector in Microsoft Excel
In order to be able to use Excel’s PDF importer feature, you must first connect a PDF document to the Excel spreadsheet you are working on.
Following are the steps that will guide Office 365 users on how to establish a connection between a PDF document and an Excel spreadsheet:
- Create a new Excel spreadsheet.
- Open the Get Data menu from the Data tab on the ribbon.
- Select From File > From PDF.
- Locate the PDF document you want to use.
- Select the data you want to import.
Once you choose the PDF document you wish to import the data from, a navigator window will display the list of tables you can import into your Excel spreadsheet.
Now, select any number of PDF document elements to import into Excel. All you need to do is click on the Load button to bring the data into your spreadsheet. Alternatively, Excel users can also select Transform Data in order to clean your data and prepare it for analysis, courtesy of Power Query Editor.
How to import multiple PDF pages into Excel at once
The procedure we have demonstrated so far is useful when importing data from a single PDF document into Excel. However, there may be a situation where you have to import data from multiple pages at once.
All you need to do is specify Start and End pages as optional parameters for the PDF connection. Go ahead and invoke the following formula from the Power Query Editor:
Pdf.Tables(File.Contents("C:\Sample.pdf"), [StartPage=5, EndPage=10])
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