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How to Extract PDF Information and Convert into a Google Sheets

PDF is an application utilized for communicating comprehensive information from one system to another. This electronic format allows the users in obtaining large data over various platforms efficiently and quickly. The PDF file format is free from the computer operating system.

This quality makes the PDF file format portable and cooperative on any system. It can include hyperlinks, text, and much more. Hence, PDF is extensively utilized by users all over the world.

Users face problems when they want to extract some important information from PDFs into google sheets. It is not an easy task to extract data in a proper manner from PDFs.

For example, there are some businesses that require daily reports. Sometimes it is difficult for users to extract important information such as tables, images. This post is going to explain how to extract PDF information and convert it into a google sheet and how to convert different file formats to excel. Let’s take a look at it in more detail.

How to Extract PDF information?

The ByteScout PDF Extractor SDK enables developers to transform PDF to text, obtain images from PDF, transform PDF to CSV for Excel, PDF to XML. The great thing about this tool is that it works without any extra software needed. You can also find a particular text from the uploaded PDF. For this, just upload your PDF and click on the “Find Text” option in the left pane. The “Find What” window will appear and here you can find the required text by entering it in the box.

Here we are going to extract PDF data. Now, Click on the link of PDF Extractor SDK and install it on your computer. It will take exactly 2-3 minutes to install it on your computer. The UI also allows conversion of PDF to Excel, PDF to CSV, and PDF to XML.

You can also extract embedded images, tables, attachments, XFA forms, and embedded multimedia and Form data as XFDF and PDF metadata. It is simple to obtain tables from PDF using PDF Extractor SDK with the automatic table detector. Tables can be automatically picked and derived as CSV, XML, or JSON data.

The data extraction has a total of five extraction components. These are as follows:

  • Extract as TXT
  • Extract as CSV
  • Extract as XLS(X)
  • Extract as XML
  • Extract as JSON

The following image is displaying the UI.

Extract PDF Info

Now, if you want to extract the text from the PDF then just click on the “Open PDF Document” option on the upper left corner of the UI. Now, select the PDF saved on your computer from which you want to extract data. The following image is displaying the sample uploaded PDF.

Here we have used a sample PDF from which we will extract data as CSV. The PDF file contains some mathematical equations and mathematical tables. By using PDF extractor utilities we will extract data from the PDF.

PDF Info Extract

Now, click on the “Extract as CSV” option in the Sidebar and save this file on your computer or on a Google drive. In this way, you can extract data from PDF files on a Sheet or a word file. SDK will extract plain text from PDF files regardless of encoding.

It also converts PDF to Excel, PDF To CSV, PDF To XML. It can also extract and convert tables to CSV that can be easily transformed into MS Excel format. Now let’s take a look at how to convert different file formats to excel.

How to convert the different file formats to Excel?

Now, Excel is one of the most important tools for users. Excel is one of the most significant because of the important role it performs in many areas. It is the most utilized spreadsheet program in many marketing activities, classwork, and even personal data aggregation.

Excel is frequently utilized in accounting and finance because of its capacity to automate computations and its provision for multiple formulas.

Now, if you want to convert different file formats to excel then the ByteScout PDF Extractor SDK can convert the different file formats to Excel. The following is a sample screenshot of the UI which is displaying the dashboard of PDF Extractor SDK. On the left-hand bar, the Dashboard contains various utilities of C# and VB.Net.

PDF Data Extraction

Now, if you want to convert an XML file to Excel then the first step is to upload your XML file by clicking on the Open tab present in the upper left corner of the UI.

PDF Data into Google Sheets

Now, click on the data extract option and then there are five options. The uploaded file is the XML file and we want to convert it into excel. To achieve this, click the “Extract as XML” option and the data will be displayed in a tabular format as displayed above. In this way, you can convert any file format to excel.

There are many options available here that help users to convert and extract tables into CSV and XML, regular expression search, working with broken texts, PDF documents merge and split as well as other things. The above image is displaying the extracted data and a file which we converted into Excel. Now, just save this file and you are done.

No matter how complicated your PDF document’s formation is, you’ll notice that PDF Extractor is simple to apply and combine into your current systems seamlessly. PDF Extractor can even process broken files that have a complicated structure and would otherwise require to be processed manually.

PDF Extractor SDK is a completely functional set that incorporates functions to extract text, images, tables, text from images, raw images, forms, and field data. It has extensive documentation and tutorial set to make it simple for you to extract text from PDF with .NET.

All of the APIs involved are readily accessible and optimized to developers with any stage of expertise and awareness about electronic documents. You can examine the Trial version to obtain data from PDF with C#, the extraction method is simple and interesting.


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Prasanna Peshkar

Prasanna is an independent cybersecurity consultant and technical writer, focusing on penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. He provides penetration testing services to a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, brokerage firms, professional regulators, manufacturing companies and transportation companies.