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Convert PDF to Google Sheets: 3 Easy Methods

Jason Gong
App automation expert
Apps used
Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

Converting PDF to Google Sheets involves using Google Docs for simple PDFs, converting to CSV for complex documents, or utilizing specialized software for bulk conversions.

Choose the method that best suits your document's complexity and conversion needs.

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How to Convert PDF to Google Sheets

Converting PDF documents to Google Sheets can be a necessary task for data analysis, sharing, and collaboration. There are several methods to accomplish this, each suitable for different types of PDFs and user needs. This guide covers three main approaches: using Google Docs, converting PDF to CSV, and utilizing specialized software or online services.

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Convert PDF to Google Sheets

Directly converting PDF to Google Sheets involves a few steps and can be done using Google Docs for simple data or specialized software for more complex documents.

Method 1: Using Google Docs

This method works best for PDFs with simple data structures.

  1. Upload your PDF file to Google Drive.
  2. Right-click on the PDF and select 'Open with' > 'Google Docs'. The PDF will be converted to a Google Doc.
  3. Copy the data you need from the Google Doc.
  4. Create or open a Google Sheets document and paste the data into it.

Method 2: Using CSV

For PDFs that are more complex or contain multi-page documents, converting to CSV first might be more effective.

  1. Upload your PDF to Google Drive.
  2. Convert the PDF to plain text by opening it with Google Docs and saving it as a .txt file.
  3. Use 'Find and Replace' in Google Docs to replace spaces with commas, turning it into a CSV format.
  4. Download the .txt file and change its extension to .csv.
  5. Import the CSV file into Google Sheets by going to 'File' > 'Import'.

Method 3: Using Specialized Software or Online Services

For automated or bulk conversions, using a dedicated PDF to Google Sheets converter or service like Parserr or Nanonets can streamline the process.

  • Parserr allows you to set up an inbox for receiving PDFs, extract data based on rules, and integrate directly with Google Sheets.
  • Nanonets offers an online PDF to Google Sheets converter that automatically extracts data from PDFs and places it into editable Google Sheets format.
  • Other services like DocHub and Lido offer similar functionalities, with options for manual data extraction and automation workflows.

Choosing the right method depends on the complexity of your PDFs and the volume of documents you need to convert. For simple, one-off tasks, Google Docs might suffice. For more complex documents or bulk conversions, specialized software or online services can save time and improve accuracy.

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Automate Your Google Sheets with Bardeen Playbooks

While converting Adobe documents to Google Sheets manually can be useful for small tasks, automating this process can save a significant amount of time, especially when dealing with large volumes of data. Automation tools like Bardeen can streamline the conversion process, making it more efficient and less prone to errors. Here are some examples of automations that can be built with Bardeen using the provided playbooks.

  1. Export Facebook's Ads Library Data to Google Sheets: This playbook automates the process of exporting ad data from Facebook's Ads Library directly into Google Sheets, ideal for marketing professionals and businesses tracking ad performance.
  2. Copy all Salesforce accounts to Google Sheets: Seamlessly transfer all your Salesforce account information into Google Sheets, enhancing your sales team's ability to analyze and share customer data.
  3. Copy an Airtable to Google Sheets: Simplify the process of transferring data from Airtable to Google Sheets with just one click, perfect for teams looking to streamline their data management practices.

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