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Batch convert pdf to Excel

Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2012 Nov 30, 2012

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Certainly in my Win 7, Acrobat 11 I can convert a single pdf file to excell (File->Save as Other->spreadsheet).  But I have 200+ scanned pdf files to convert - so I need to load these as a batch to process the whole bunch.  I cannot find a batch function for scanned pdf to excel conversion.  Any suggestions greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

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Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013

With Acrobat XI Pro you can use the Action Wizard.

Use the 'Save' command from the 'Save & Export' toolset. Configure the Output Format to Excel as seen here:

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With Acrobat XI Pro you can use the Action Wizard.

Use the 'Save' command from the 'Save & Export' toolset. Configure the Output Format to Excel as seen here:

Screen shot 2013-01-21 at 12.06.11 AM.png

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Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013

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Sorry, forgot to add that you'll need to include the 'Recognize Text using OCR' command from the 'Recognize Text' toolset first. 

But ultimately, you can accomplish the batch conversion you're looking for.

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Explorer ,
Aug 22, 2014 Aug 22, 2014

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That's not a batch conversion. I think he's asking how to add multiple PDFs to Acrobat Pro and convert them in mass (i.e., "batch") into Excel files.

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Explorer ,
Sep 04, 2014 Sep 04, 2014

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Found this good description

You can use an Action in Adobe Acrobat Pro to convert your PDF files to Excel in one operation. To do that, create a new action (Tools>Action Wizard>Create new action...).

Then add the "Save" tool from Save&Export to your new action. Click on the "Specify Settings" button for your save tool and check "Export File(s) to Alternate Format" and select your output format.

Now you can run this action on a number of files, and all of them will be exported to Excel.

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Source Link: Can I BATCH LOAD PDF files for conversion to Excel? (Convert PDF to other formats)

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New Here ,
Mar 08, 2015 Mar 08, 2015

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I need to do something similar and when I use this solution I run into problems: after adding a long list of files (5000+) to apply this action to, the computer will hang up after a while when only some of the files have been converted. Is this a known issue? (running on Windows server 2012)

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Mar 08, 2015 Mar 08, 2015

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‌5000 files are too much for Acrobat.

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Mar 08, 2015 Mar 08, 2015

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Acrobat is designed for personal use (ABSOLUTELY NOT ON A SERVER) and very light duty use. 50 files at a time is plenty.

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Oct 28, 2016 Oct 28, 2016

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Hi, This method only let you convert one file at a time. is there any method that let you convert multiple PDFs into Excel?

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Explorer ,
Sep 05, 2017 Sep 05, 2017

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I think you can use online PDF to Excel converter.

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Jun 27, 2018 Jun 27, 2018

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I just converted 30 files with this (Ryan Johnson's) method, by selecting the folder. Make sure there are ONLY pdf files in the folder otherwise it tries to convert the others to pdf first, which might throw up error alerts.

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New Here ,
Oct 28, 2015 Oct 28, 2015

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I just discovered that I could use the Adobe Document Cloud to process a batch of files to export.

https://cloud.acrobat.com/exportpdf

Login to your account. (Annual fee is cheap.)

Select "Export PDF" tab at top of the page.

Click "Select PDF Files to Export"

Drag multiple files into the window

"Continue"

Under "Convert To" Select file type. In this case, Excel.

(You can still add files to export)

Click the Export button and once converted "Download all"

You get a zip file with all the converted files.

I'm not sure if there is a limit on how many you can do at a time.  I only tried a handful at a time.

Rick

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New Here ,
Dec 15, 2015 Dec 15, 2015

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The action-wizard is a good idea if you want to convert each pdf to a separate excel spreadsheet. If you are okay with having one aggregate excel spreadsheet you can simply combine all of the pdf files into one pdf. Then convert that one pdf into an excel spreadsheet.

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