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    I get sent PDFs that I have to copy data from into Excel. The data is a combination of numbers and letters. I need it copied into the same rows and columns of the excel file but no matter what I try the data will not copy the way I need. Most times an entire row of PDF data will copy into one cell rather than being broken out into multiple cells. This by itself isn't a big deal but one PDF will copy in one way and another PDF will copy in a different way so it's very difficult to build anything that will format it the way I need. Is there anyway to export the PDF data in a consistent manner?

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    Probably not. Not all PDFs are created equal: some will have rich data content, others will be nothing more than static images.
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    Personally, if I need to extract data from PDF, I use a program to do it, not just a straight copy/paste. I've also found that different PDF readers treat things slightly differently, so (unfortunately), it's useful to have more than one. At some point in the future, we will get the ability to read from PDF via Power Query, but until then you might want to check out software like https://www.investintech.com/able2extract.html or https://easypdf.com/pdf-to-excel
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