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How To Convert PDF to Excel Without Converter for Free

by Hung Nguyen

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3 easy steps to quickly import PDF to Excel online. No converter installation or registration needed.

You can manually save Excel sheets to PDF from within Microsoft Office but neither Excel nor the free version of Adobe can reverse the process. Although most PDF conversions require heavy-duty, enterprise software, with Smallpdf you can import PDF to Excel for free. You don’t need to download a PDF editor or register anywhere.

We’ve got the most popular online PDF to Excel tool to do just this. The conversion will take less than a few seconds. Here’s what you need to do:

How To Convert PDF to Excel Without Converter

  1. Upload your PDF files to the PDF to Excel tool.

  2. Choose “Convert selectable text” if you’re a free user.

  3. Sit back and relax while we convert your file.

  4. Download your excel spreadsheet.

How To Convert PDF to Excel Without Converter for Free

How to convert PDF to Excel without converter with Smallpdf

We’ve optimized our conversion capacities to make sure that the original format and data are accurately transferred when you convert PDF documents to Microsoft Excel.

Is Smallpdf Free?


Yes—with a daily task limit. Some of our features, like the conversion with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) , are only for Smallpdf Pro users. OCR scans your document and turns scans or pictures of text into selectable, editable text in the output file. You can give it a go with our 7-day free trial and see how you like it. Our online service is used by millions of users worldwide to convert, edit, and compress documents every month, thanks to its ease of access.

Here are a few of our other useful tools to help you manage your documents:

  • PDF to Word - Convert PDFs to editable Word documents.
  • PDF Converter – Convert to other formats, such as PPT and Excel.
  • Compress – Reduce the size of your PDF files.
  • Merge - Combine multiple PDFs in one file.

And many more, via our homepage.

Import PDF to Excel Offline


As you can’t open a PDF file and transfer the PDF data to an Excel workbook with traditional offline PDF readers, i.e., Preview or Adobe Acrobat, you need a converter. The good news is that Smallpdf has just what you need. The Smallpdf Desktop App is a super-fast reader with conversion capabilities. To import PDFs to Excel offline, follow the steps below:

  1. Open your file in the Smallpdf Desktop App.
  2. Choose “PDF to Office” from the tools menu.
  3. Select Excel from the panel on the right.
  4. Click “Convert” to start the PDF to Excel conversion.

In case you need an offline converter

And that’s it! Since our app processes files offline, the new Excel document will be saved beside the original PDF file. The Smallpdf Desktop App is available to download for free. Conversions like PDF to Excel are only available to Pro users, though. The free trial mentioned above also unlocks this feature in the offline app, so feel free to test it to your heart’s content.

Is Smallpdf Safe?


Very much so! As a matter of fact, this is why we’ve accumulated such a large following. The online website adopts TLS encryption to ensure that your documents are safe at all times. We also remove your documents from our AWS servers automatically one hour after processing. The Smallpdf Desktop App processes your documents offline, so PDF, Excel, and any other files never leave your PC in the first place.

And lastly, the online site can be used on any operating system to import PDF files into Excel format on Mac, Windows, and Linux. All you need is an internet connection to do so.

Remember, you can convert PDF to other formats with Smallpdf as well, without a converter, for free. You can find the full list of tools on our homepage and our tools page.

Unlimited Usage


If you wish to unlock unlimited access to Smallpdf, check out our Pro packages. With a Pro account, you will have access to unlimited usage of all 20+ PDF tools. You can also process many documents, all at once, thanks to the Pro-exclusive batch processing function.

Converting everyday electronic documents couldn’t be simpler. We hope our online platform could be of use, and don’t forget to spread the word by following us on our social media platforms!

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf