How to export PDF to Word or Excel using Acrobat X or XI

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

By March 19, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to convert PDF to Word or convert PDF to Excel using Acrobat X or XI, including picking a location to save the file, renaming it, picking custom settings, deselecting images and more.

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How to export PDF to Word or Excel using Acrobat X or XI

Donna BakerMarch 19, 2012

Open your PDF file and make sure it's ready to go. In this example, you’ll see comments exported with the document. Click File > Save As > Microsoft Word > Word Document to open the Save As dialog box. Pick a location to save the file, and rename the file if you like.

Let's check out the custom settings. Click Settings to open the Save As DOCX Settings dialog box. Here you can pick settings for:

  • the layout display
  • exporting comments
  • exporting images
  • capturing text before exporting

If you just need the text from your file, save some export time, and deselect the Include Images check box. Click OK to close the settings. Now the file is ready to save, so click Save.

Here’s the new Word document—you see blank spaces instead of the original images, and the Acrobat comments show on the page.

Now let’s export a spreadsheet to Microsoft Excel. As you see, there’s a comment on this file, too. Click File > Save As >  Spreadsheet > Microsoft Excel Workbook. The Save As dialog box opens. Let’s check out the settings for Excel, too. Click Settings, and you see there’s only one setting to capture the text if necessary. Click OK to close the settings again.

Pick a location to save the file, rename the file if you like, and click Save to process the export. Open your new spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. Notice that Acrobat exports the spreadsheet’s cell structure. You'll see the comment in Acrobat has its own row in the spreadsheet, but the empty space for the logo isn’t exported.


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