How to Convert PDF Tables to Word

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If your PDF contains tables, you can directly move those tables into Word. With Adobe Reader -- the free version of Adobe Acrobat -- the tables will convert as text (not within a table format) or an image. You can, however, use Adobe Acrobat to convert a PDF table and its content into an editable Word table. The "Select Table" option in Adobe Acrobat allows you to transfer formatted PDF tables into Word.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the PDF you want to copy in Adobe Acrobat.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Basic" toolbar, click the "Select Text" drop-down arrow and choose "Select Table."

  3. 3

    Highlight the table, including its borders, with your mouse by dragging it over the area you want to copy. Right-click and select "Copy Selected Table," or press "Ctrl+C."

  4. 4

    Open a new or existing Microsoft Word document into which you want to place the PDF table.

  5. 5

    Place the insertion point where you want the table to appear in your document.

  6. 6

    Right-click and select "Paste" from the pop-up menu, or press "Ctrl+V" to paste the table into Word.

  7. 7

    Click the "Save" button in the Quick Access Toolbar or press "Ctrl+S" to save the updated PDF table in Word.

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