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How to convert PDFs to Excel for free with Parsel

Used by almost every business in every industry, PDFs are a common way to store and share information. But when information is stored in a PDF, it becomes much more difficult to edit for future use. In this blog, we’ll explain how to easily convert your PDF data to Excel using Parsel.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably encountered a problem like this before:

  • Some very important data that you need is trapped inside a PDF
  • You can’t copy and paste it because it’s been locked by the author, or:
  • You lose all the formatting when you do paste it into Excel
  • You don’t have time to reproduce each PDF page manually in Excel – where you wish the data had been stored in the first place

Sound familiar? You are not alone. Extracting trapped data in PDFs to Excel is an issue many professionals across all industries - bankers, accountants, analysts, economists, database administrators and more - come up against. In fact, it’s such a common problem that many tools now exist to perform this extraction process for you, but results vary greatly depending on the type of data you’re trying to extract.

That’s why we built Parsel – a highly accurate data extraction tool built specifically to extract complex financial datasets from PDFs into easily more editable file types (like Excel).

Fully online and requiring no installation, Parsel allows you to convert PDF text and numerical tables to Excel for free, without any manual guidance. Our AI analyses, identifies and extracts your data in minutes, saving you hours of time and effort - so, we thought we'd put together a quick guide on how to get started with Parsel.

How to convert your PDF tables to Excel with Parsel

1. Sign up for a free account on Parsel

Head to Parsel.ai and sign up for a free Parsel account. You’ll need to click the activation link sent to your email to access your account.

Sign up

2. Create a new data set

Once logged in, click Create a new data set and give it a name that’s easy to remember.

Create dataset

3. Drag and drop your PDF

Just drag and drop your document into our file uploader and our AI will begin analysing and extracting your data - with no manual guidance - ready for download.

Drag & drop

4. Download your extracted Excel data

Download your Excel file to access the fully structured and editable version of your PDF data. You’ll also be able to compare the extracted data side-by-side with your source PDF, so you can be sure your outputs are accurate.

Download Excel

Done! You've converted your first PDF with Parsel!

It really is as simple as that. Sign up, drag and drop, and download.

Unlike other apps, you don't need to manually select a page range for extraction; Parsel does that all for you automatically. And with our superior accuracy, there's far less issues recognising non-alphanumeric characters, meaning far less time spent by the user making corrections.

With your free account, you'll be able to upload documents with up to 20-pages and export to CSV. But with our usage-based subscriptions, you can find a plan that suits your business needs - or talk to us in more detail about our Enterprise options.

To get started with Parsel, sign up for free and create your first dataset today.