How to Copy a Table From a .PDF Into PowerPoint

By Lanae Carr

Adobe PDF documents are a conventional option when distributing documents electronically. The are easily compressed and can not be modified by recipients without the help of premium software such as Adobe Illustrator or Acrobat. However, these can be disadvantages if you receive a PDF and need to extract important information. If you have a graph or table in your PDF you need to present it to a group, you can copy it into Microsoft's PowerPoint software. To perform this task, convert your PDF into a word processor document so that it can be modified.

Convert Your PDF

Step 1

Visit Zamzar.com or Yousendit.com and click the "Browse" button next to Step 1. Locate your file and click "Open."

Step 2

Select a word processor document format, such as txt, doc, or rtf, in Step 2.

Step 3

Type in your email address in Step 3 and click "Convert." Your email address is required, as the converted file will be sent to you upon completion of the conversion process.

Step 4

Open your email account. Your email should arrive within a matter of minutes. Download the word processor file to your computer.

Copy and Paste Into PowerPoint

Step 1

Open your word processor document. Double-click the table in the PDF. Graphics and tables appear as images when converted to word processor documents, due to coding incompabilities between the software.

Step 2

Crop any unneeded space around the table using the picture toolbar. Highlight the table and use keyboard shortcut "Ctrl" + "C" to copy it to your clipboard.

Step 3

Open PowerPoint. Create a new slide. Click on the area in the slide where you want to place your table.

Step 4

Use keyboard shortcut "Ctrl" + "V" to paste the table into your presentation.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have Adobe Acrobat, you can select the image and use the "Copy" tool to transfer the table into PowerPoint.