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PDF Converter product line has updated table conversion feature since version 3.2.0. Please update to the latest version for table conversion features.

Why Do I need table conversion features?

Detect table automatically If a PDF file contains table data, the app will detect tables automatically during the conversion. So table can be kept in the output Word or PowerPoint file.

So you can easily select the whole table, move it around, delete it or change the table style directly. You can modify content within a cell without affecting other contents.When you select the table in Word document, you can see 'Table Tools' is available.

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If you are using former versions or free edition without table detection and conversion feature, all the lines will be treated as graphic elements, when you select the line, 'Drawing Tools' will be available instead of 'Table Tools' in Word document. In this case, it's difficult to modify the contents. You’ll only got text boxes and individual lines instead of a real table.

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Convert table automatically

For most of the table data with partial or full borders, Lighten PDF Converter apps can detect table automatically and output well-formatted table in output files. It’s recommended to convert PDF file using auto conversion first, if you found table data in output file is not correct, don’t worry, you can mark table areas manually for better accuracy.

Mark table area manually

The app is smart, but it won’t be smarter than our human brain. So in some cases, it will not detect table correctly if the PDF file has complex layouts. This may happen when a table has no borders. In this case, you can draw the table area manually. Click ‘Detect and show table areas’ button, it will tell you where the table areas are.

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How to mark table areas

If there’s no table detected, or the table detected by the app is not correct. Please mark the table areas by yourself.

1. Hold the left click and drag an area in the built-in PDF Reader.

2. And then you can move or resize the table area as you wish, please make sure you’ve cover all the table area.

3. It will analyze and detect table base on the data position and structures when you release your mouse.

mark table area

How to add lines for rows and columns

If rows and columns are nor correctly marked, you can add horizontal line to mark rows, or add vertical line to mark columns.

edit row and column

How to merge cells or split cell?

For some table data with complex layouts, such as merged cells or title, you can precisely edit the table areas by merging multiple cells into one cell, or split a cell into multiple cells. Simply select the cells you want to modify, press right-click to choose ‘Merge Cells’ or ‘Split cell’ option in menu.

merge split cells

This feature is available for PDF to Word Converter for Windows, PDF to Word OCR for Windows, PDF Converter Master for Windows, PDF to Excel for Windows and PDF Converter OCR for Windows.