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How to convert a PDF with tables to Calc spreadsheet?

asked 2019-07-14 12:26:04 +0100

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updated 2019-07-14 13:05:06 +0100

How to convert a PDF with tables to Calc spreadsheet in LibreOffice on Linux? (preferably in command line)

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A good question but with a sad answer, read on.

lazarus477 gravatar imagelazarus477 ( 2019-07-24 01:24:14 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-07-14 12:42:35 +0100

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updated 2019-07-14 12:44:33 +0100

Hello,

not at all using LibreOffice. PDF is an exchange / output format (vectorized page description language) and as such not designed to be imported into editors or other programs for editing. Though LibreOffice Draw can import PDFs for editing this is to be considered a "workaround solution" by design which does not provide what you are searching for. There are tools on the internet claiming to perform a conversion to some editable format (i.e word, etc) but LibreOffice is no such tool.

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Think of a PDF as a vector based image or photo of a document. Reading it as if it were a CSV file would be similar to using OCR software to convert a scanned document back into an editable word processing document.

lazarus477 gravatar imagelazarus477 ( 2019-07-24 01:23:27 +0100 )edit
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