How to Convert PDF to Google Sheets

Last Updated on December 5, 2022 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert PDF into Google Sheets.

While PDFs are a great file format for sharing, they are not the best format if you need to edit any of the text later on.

You may also find yourself needing to convert a PDF into a Google Sheets document if the PDF includes tabular data. There is currently no direct way to convert a PDF to a spreadsheet.

However, we can convert our PDF into a Google Docs document and later import the Google Docs data into Google Sheets.

If the PDF is formatted well, tabular data will still maintain its tabular format after going through these steps.

How To Convert PDF To Google Sheets

What is a PDF?

“Portable document format” is known as PDF. Essentially, you utilize this file format when you need to save unchangeable data but still need to be shared and printed.

Most modern devices can open a PDF in an internet browser or have an Adobe Reader app installed.

Once you are ready, we can jump right into learning how to convert a PDF file into Google Sheets.

Convert PDF into Google Sheets (Quick Method)

The easiest way to convert a PDF into Google Sheets is by using Google Drive.

Step 1

Upload your PDF file into Google Drive, then on the Open with option, select Google Docs.

This will help to convert the data inside a PDF file into Google Docs and allow you to copy and paste the data into Google Sheets.


Step 2

Once you copy the selected data, you can paste it directly into Google Sheets.

How To Save a PDF to Google Sheets (in 7 Steps)

Here’s how to save a PDF to Google Sheets.

Step 1

First, we’ll need to upload our PDF file into Google Drive. Navigate to a folder where you want to place the file and click on the New button.

In the drop-down list, select File Upload to open the File dialog box. Select the PDF file you want to convert and click Open.

Step 2

Next, right-click on the uploaded file and select Open with > Google Docs.

Step 3

A new Google Docs document will be created with all the text scraped from the PDF. Our next step is to download this sheet as a web page.

In the File menu, select Download > Web Page (.html, zipped).

Step 4

Once you’ve downloaded the file, extract the contents using a program such as WinRAR or 7-Zip.

Step 5

Open up a new Google Sheets document. Click on the Import option in the File menu.

Step 6

Users have the option to choose the import location for the PDF data. In this example, we’ll append the data to the current sheet.

Step 7

The PDF data should now appear in the form of Google Sheets data. Do note that you may have to adjust the formatting of the cells to ensure that all data is visible in the spreadsheet.


This guide should be everything you need to convert a PDF to Google Sheets.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own. This tutorial covered how to convert a PDF into Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.