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How to Copy Table from PDF to Word: 2 Solutions

When you have one table in PDF format that you want to copy to Word, you may find it difficult to find an effective way to do it. Unlike copying the table from Word to Word, you can not simply use the copy and paste command to copy the table from PDF to Word directly.

If you are those who just want an effective solution for how to copy tables from PDF to Word, you should continue reading. We are sure you can find what you need.

Way 1. How to Copy Table from PDF to Word Without Losing Formatting

The best way to copy and paste a table from PDF to Word without losing formatting is to use UPDF. In addition to allowing you to create a table in PDF, it also offers a converting feature that can help you convert PDF to Word without losing formatting. With this feature, you can copy and paste table from PDF to Word easily.

What makes it stand out here is that it has an OCR feature that allows you to copy tables from scanned PDF to Word and a batch conversion feature that can help you copy tables from all PDF files to Word at one time.

If you are interested in how to copy table from PDF for these 3 scenarios with UPDF, you can click the below button to download UPDF on your computer and follow the below guides to copy the table from PDF to Word.

1. Copy the Table in PDF to Word by Converting

Step 1: Select the "Export PDF" Option

Open UPDF on your computer and then click on the "Open File" button. This will open your computer's file explorer and you can choose the PDF file with a table that you would like to convert.

Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop the file into this main interface to import it into the program.

In the right panel, click on the "Export PDF" icon.

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Step 2: Set Word as the Output Format

Then select the "Word" option as the output format.

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In the pop-up window, you can set the page range.

Once done, click the "Export" button. After that, the conversion process will then begin immediately and you should see the progress next to the document.

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Step 3: Open and Copy Table to Word

When the conversion is complete, the output folder you selected will open and you can open the newly converted Word document to see the table.

You will find that the table is converted to your Word document successfully without losing the layout and format. Let's say, the table in your Word document looks like exactly the same as the original table in your PDF document. Amazing, right?

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You can either use the current converted Word document, you can also copy the table to your destinated Word document.

This is the whole process to copy and paste a table from PDF to Word. Easy, right? Try it Now!

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2. Copy Table from Scanned PDF to Word

Step 1. Perform OCR on the Scanned PDF

Open PDF in UPDF, then, move your mouse to the "OCR" icon and click on it. Then, click on "Perform OCR", select the place where you want to save the OCRED file and click "Save" to start the process.

Step 2. Convert Scanned PDF to Editable Word

Now, the OCRED PDF file will open automatically on the UPDF. You can click on the "Export PDF" icon, select "Word" as the output format, and hit the "Export" button to convert scanned PDF to Word successfully. When the process is done, you can open the Word file on your computer. You can copy the table to any other Word file.

3. Copy Table from Multiple PDFs to Word

Step 1. Convert PDFs to Word Files in Bulk

You can download UPDF via the below button if you do not have it on your computer. Double-click on its icon to open it. Click "Batch" > "Convert" > "Add Files" to select all PDF files that contain the tables you need. Make sure it is "Word" in the Output Format. Then, click on "Apply" to convert PDF files to Word files at one time.

Step 2. Copy Tables from PDF Files to Word

Open the Word files and find the tables you need, then, copy and paste them to the Word file you need.

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Extra tip:

Actually, you don't need to copy the table from PDF to Word, as PDF documents can be editable too. You can edit the table in your PDF document directly with UPDF. And if you are wondering about the differences between PDF and Word, please read our article on PDF vs. Docx.

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Video Tutorial on How to Copy Table from PDF to Word Easily

Way 2. How to Copy a PDF Table into Word with Adobe Acrobat

Many of you may have Adobe Acrobat on your computer and want to know if you can use it to copy a table from PDF to Word. Yes, you can do that. What you need to do is to follow the below steps to convert the PDF file to Word, then, copy and paste the table to Word:

  • Step 1: Find the PDF file on your computer right-click on it and choose "Open With > Adobe Acrobat."
  • Step 2: Once the document is open in Adobe Acrobat, click on "File" in the top-right corner.
  • Step 3: From the options that show up, select "Convert to Word, Excel, or PowerPoint."
  • Step 4: This will open the conversion window. Click on the "Export to Word" option and your PDF will be converted to Word format.
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  • You can then open the resultant Word document and then copy and paste the table to a new Word document. Please note, however, that this method will only be useful to you if you sign in to your Adobe account. Adobe Acrobat is also an expensive premium tool that you need to purchase to use.

Which Method is Better to Copy a Table from PDF to Word?

Here I want to compare the price, performance, and rating between UPDF and Acrobat in order to let you choose wisely.

UPDFAdobe Acrobat Pro DC
System CompatibilityWindows
Easy to Use
All-in-one Platform
Convert PDF to Office FormatTo Word, Excel, CSV, and PowerPointTo Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (Doesn't support CSV)
Convert PDF to GIF
Keep Original Formatting and Layout
UI Design Rating4.94.3
Running Speed4.84.0

For a more detailed comparison, please check this article about Adobe vs. UPDF.

Through the comparison chart, you can see that Adobe Acrobat is no doubt a good PDF converter, however, it is complex to use, and the price is way too high for personal users and business users. If you want to have the most cost-effective PDF converter, UPDF is your best choice. Upgrade UPDF to Pro now with an exclusive discount and use it on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Final Words

If you follow this guide on how to copy table from PDF to Word, you will not have any problem. But it is unnecessary to use two methods at the same time. If you ask me which method is better to use, I will say "UPDF". It is cheaper and much easier to use. Why not choose it? You can download it and try it on your own!

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