If you have tabular data in PDF or Word documents format, you definitely need to convert it to Excel spreadsheets. This scenario becomes complex when there are many spreadsheets or multiple workbooks. You surely need to automate this procedure. In this article, we will see how to convert PDF to Excel and also how to convert Word documents to Excel spreadsheets programmatically in C# using .NET API.

Convert Word and PDF to Excel in C#

The following are the topics discussed briefly in this article:

  • .NET API – Convert documents to spreadsheets
  • Convert PDF to Excel
  • Convert Word to Excel
  • PDF or Word to Spreadsheet conversion with more options

.NET API - Convert to Spreadsheet formats

In this article, I will be using GroupDocs.Conversion for .NET to convert PDF and Word documents to spreadsheets using C#. It is the feature-rich API that allows document and image conversions in many file formats. To highlight some formats, the API supports word-processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, AutoCAD drawings, eBooks, PDF, email files, Web pages, images, photoshop files, and many other document formats.

Download the DLLs or MSI installer from the downloads section or install the API in your .NET application via NuGet.

PM> Install-Package GroupDocs.Conversion

Convert PDF to Excel in C#

The following are the step to convert a PDF document to an Excel spreadsheet.

The following code sample shows how to convert a PDF file to Excel XLSX format using C#.

Convert Word to Excel in C#

You can convert any word document to an Excel spreadsheet in the same manner as we converted the PDF file above. We just have to provide the right source file to convert into XLS or XLSX.

The following are the step to convert a Word document with DOC DOCX format to an Excel spreadsheet.

The following code sample shows how to convert a DOC or DOCX file to Excel XLSX format using C#.

PDF or Word to Spreadsheet Conversion with more options using C#

You can convert only some of the selected pages of your document. The API gives you the privilege to convert your document with different options that include:

  • Starting Page Number.
  • Page Count to convert.
  • Specific Pages for conversion.
  • Format to convert into.
  • Password for make the file protected.
  • Zoom to make it large or smaller.
  • Watermark on the converter file.

The following are the steps for how to convert some of the pages of a PDF file into XLSX format with different zoom using C#.

Here are the PDF file and the converted spreadsheet as output using the above code. It converted the second page of the PDF file into XLSX format.

Convert PDF to Excel XLS XLSX Programmatically

Get a Free API License

You can get a free temporary license in order to use the API without evaluation limitations.


In this article, you have learned how to convert PDF and Word documents in an Excel spreadsheet using C#. Furthermore, you have also seen how we can convert any part of the document with options like zoom, watermark, and making it password-protected. You can now start building your own .NET bases document conversion application or integrate the feature(s) in your existing application.

For more details, options, and examples, you can visit the documentation and the GitHub repository. For further queries, contact the support on the forum.

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