Importing PDFs into Word and Excel

Here’s a tip for those of you that need to import a pdf image into a word document:

Open the pdf (either in Adobe Reader, Acrobat Pro, or if on a Mac in Preview) and find the page that you want to copy into the word document,Click Edit, and click Take a Snapshot (In preview, click the select tool)Highlight the image/text that you want saved, and it will be copied to the clipboard.

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Now, open the word document, scroll to where you want the pdf information to go, and paste the image or text that you copied into the clipboard in.This puts the PDF information you selected into the word document. Note that this also works for any word processor.

This page “How to import a table from PDF into Excel” shows you how to import a PDF table into Excel. It involves copying the data into word, creating a table (which comes out poorly formatted), then copying that table into Excel and cleaning it up.

I hope this helps some of you with your operations. Please let me know if you need assistance with this, or any other computer issues.