How to export just part of a PDF to Word or Excel using Acrobat X or XI

Learn how to convert PDF to Word documents or convert PDF to Excel.

By March 19, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to convert PDF to Word or PDF to Excel, selecting just part of a PDF file rather than all of it using Acrobat X or XI. Edits are easy with Adobe's PDF to Word converter, so you'll spend less time retyping and more time making progress. Convert your PDF to Word or Excel — and keep all the formatting, too.

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How to export just part of a PDF to Word or Excel using Acrobat X or XI

Donna BakerMarch 19, 2012

Suppose you want to use a few paragraphs of this file for another project in Word. No problem. Since the text is on two pages, using a two-page layout makes it easier to select the content. Click the Selection tool, then click on the page where you want to start the selection. Drag the selection tool to select the text for export.

Right-click over your selection to open the shortcut menu, and click Export Selection As. The Export Selection As dialog box opens. Type the new file’s name, and click Save to export the selection in Word format.

Open the document in Word. Your new Word document contains the same layout and formatting as in the PDF file. The text starts at the same location as in the PDF page. Click Show All to see hidden characters, then select and delete the empty lines.

It’s easy to create a new spreadsheet from a selection, too. With the Selection tool, trying to click and drag to select the content doesn’t work! Instead, click outside the table’s area and drag to enclose the table’s area. Right click to open the shortcut menu and click Export Selection As. When the Export Selection As dialog box opens, click the Save As type drop-down arrow and click Excel Workbook (*.xlsx). Replace the default Untitled name and then click Save.

Open the spreadsheet in Excel—the new spreadsheet looks great!


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