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With PDF being the go-to format for exchanging documents electronically, it doesn’t come as a surprise that there is a huge demand for PDF converters. Especially from PDF to MS Office formats like Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

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This demand for PDF conversion to MS Office is satisfied with a wide range of tools and apps available on the market. Depending on your needs and budget, you can opt for a simple online tool or a professional-grade, desktop PDF solution.

If you are regularly handling PDFs, especially documents with private and financial information, you will probably want a desktop solution that converts PDFs locally and provides high-quality conversion output. PCRiver has recently taken a deeper look at Able2Extract Professional: a cross-platform PDF solution targeted mostly at business users and today we want to show you how to convert your PDFs to MS Office like a real pro.

How to Convert PDF to Word

Converting PDF to Word with Able2Extract is a simple and quick 3-step process. The Word output is very accurate, even if you are converting scanned PDFs. If you are a visual type, check the PDF to Word demo. If not, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to convert PDF to Word with Able2Extract:

Step 1. To open the file for conversion, click on the Open button in the toolbar. In the dialog window, browse for the folder where the file is located, select it, and click Open.

Step 2. Note the Select section in the toolbar with two options: All and Area. Choose the first button to select the whole document. If you don’t want to convert the entire PDF, click on the second one and drag the selection box around the content.

Step 3. Click on the Word button under the Convert to File Type section in the toolbar. In the dialog window, choose the location and name for your Word document and click Save.

Depending on the size of your PDF, the file will be converted to Word instantly or in a few seconds.

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The same steps apply for PDF to PowerPoint conversion, just instead of clicking on the Word button, click on the PowerPoint one and in a few moments you’ll have your slides ready for editing in PPT / PPTX.

How to Custom Convert PDF to Excel

When it comes to converting PDFs to Excel, Able2Extract offers two types of conversions. The first one is automatic, and the conversion process is pretty much like the above-described conversion to Word or PowerPoint. It will suffice most of the time–you can quickly export PDF data to spreadsheets and start analyzing them in Excel.

However, if you are working with messy or complex PDF tables and files, there is a Custom PDF to Excel conversion option which allows you to manually control how your PDF data is extracted into Excel and also preview conversion results directly in Able2Extract. This feature saves tons of time on re-formatting and cleaning your content and data in Excel.

Once again, here is a PDF to Excel demo and a textual tutorial below:

Step 1. Open the PDF file with tabular data.

Step 2. Click on the Area button in the toolbar and drag selection box around a table.

Step 3. Click on the Excel button. In the Convert to Excel dialog, choose a Custom option by clicking on the Define button.

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Step 4. On the right-hand side of the interface, you’ll see all the Custom PDF to Excel options available. You can add more tables for conversion, edit headers and footers, add and delete rows and columns, and much more. To preview the end result before you hit that Convert button at the bottom of the panel, check Show Preview box.

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By following these tutorials and taking advantage of Able2Extract’s PDF to MS Office features, you can unlock PDF data for editing quickly and with great precision.

Note that Able2Extract is more than just a PDF converter. The software can edit PDFs on the spot, annotate and redact PDF, secure them with passwords and encryption. Also, it allows for filling, creating, and editing PDF forms. Being a cross-platform solution, it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you would like to try it out yourself, download the free trial and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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