How to Convert PDF Tables to Word

By Foye Robinson

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.

Step 1

Open the PDF you want to copy in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

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

Step 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."

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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