How To Convert Picture Of Table Into Excel Spreadsheet

You need to import data from an image and want to convert it into an Excel spreadsheet. Let us tell you that you can do that by Optical Character Recognition. This method lets you scan text from an image and convert that into writable text. You can paste it as a simple text or convert it into a spreadsheet. This technique uses image recognition technology that detects all the data on the image/page and transforms it into xlxs format.

The best thing is it removes the need for manually entering data from an image to spreadsheet. This also helps you store the data in an editable format so can change it anytime you need. There are two methods to perform OCR, one is by downloading optical character recognition software or by using free/paid online OCR tools. In this post, we will teach you how to convert the data in the picture into the spreadsheet in a few minutes.

Methods To Convert Image To Excel Cells

1. Using Online OCR Service

There are tons of free and paid online services that let you use OCR technology to scan your image and pdf and convert it into editable formats. We will be using for the same purpose. It lets you extract text from the images in PDF, JPG, JPG, etc. formats which can be easily edited later in Word or Excel. It supports over 46 languages including Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The steps you need to follow are pretty easy and straightforward but we will mention them for your convenience.

1. Go to its website using the link given above and click on Select File button to upload your image file.Convert Image to Excel

2. Browse the required file from the directory and press Open.

Note: You can only upload file size of maximum 15 MB. If your file is larger than that try compressing it to reduce file size.Choose Image File

3. Once your file is uploaded to the website, select the language in your image and output format. The output format contains word file, excel file, and plain text.Upload Image

4. After that, press Convert to convert your image file into xlxs. It may take a while depending on the text present in the file.

5. You can now download the file or view the text found in it on the site itself.Image Conversion There is one important thing to keep in mind, the OCR tools might not create the exact copy of the table in the converted excel file. In such cases, you will need to make changes and format it afterward.Output Excel File

Also Read: How To Count Number Of Days Between Dates In Excel

2. Using Optical Character Recognition Softwares

Just like OCR online tools, there are many OCR software out there that are highly efficient in reading text from an image. OCR software are generally for editing pdf files that are not obtained from an electrical source like a word doc or excel sheet. Those are obtained by scanning a paper document or image and then stored in pdf format. In those cases, the pdf files are just static picture, so these softwares also lets you scan an image and export it into an editable Excel sheet. One of such software is PDFelement Pro, an OCR tool that is supported on every version of Windows and Mac. Once you download and install it on your PC follow these steps :

1. Launch PDFelement Pro and click on Open File button on the left side of the screen.

2.Once you click on it locate your image file in file explorer and open it. Open File - PDFelement

3. The image will load on the software and a message will automatically pop up reminding you to perform OCR.Perfrom OCR

4. Click on Perform OCR>OK and wait for the software to perform OCR process. Before clicking on OK you can also change the language.Change Language

5. After the scanning process is complete you will see an editable version of your image. It is better if you do all the necessary editing and formatting in the software itself.Edit text

6. Now you can just import it as Excel file by going to Home tab and clicking on To Excel button. Alternatively, you can copy the particular segment or text from your editable version and paste it on your Excel sheet. Export as Excel File

IMPORTANT: To import it as Excel or copy data editable text from it you have to buy a registration key that starts at $49.95 for a year. 

3. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader

If you don’t want to use the online tool or invest in a separate software then this is the best solution for you. With Adobe Acrobat Reader you can creatively convert your image file to Excel sheet. Adobe Reader is the most common solution for opening and editing a pdf file in both Windows and Mac devices. Now with this, you can only edit electrically generated pdf and not the scanned ones. To make this work you have to first convert your image to pdf from any online converter tool.

We used ImagetoPDF to convert ours by uploading a png image and downloading a pdf one.Image to PDF

If you also have a converted pdf file, follow these steps afterward:

1. Open the converted file with Adobe Reader and click Export PDF on the right-hand side toolbar.Export to Excel

2. Select Microsoft Excel in Convert to option and set the language.Convert to xlsx

3.After that click on Convert to scan your PDF file. Once scanned you can name the Excel file and save it in the desired location.

Note: To use this feature in Adobe Acrobat, you have to sign up and purchase its additional license for $15/mo.

Also Read: How To Compress PDF Files To Reduce Size

4. Using Excel App On Your Android Smartphones

Windows has recently announced that they will be rolling out a new update in Excel Smartphone app. This feature is called “Insert Data From Picture“, which lets a user take a picture of the printed table or data and convert data into an editable Excel spreadsheet. This AI-powered feature utilizes image recognition technology and saves us from manually entering the printed data.

Currently, this feature is only for Android devices but very soon, it will be available for iOS devices.


There you go, converting an image or printed data into a spreadsheet was as simple as that. If you have a license for Adobe Acrobat Reader, you won’t need anything else. And if you don’t want to invest then you can always use the online free tool. Each of these methods uses the same technology of recognizing text from the image and copying that text to an Excel sheet. Therefore, the results might not be perfect every time but it is a start. Later on, you can open the Excel sheet and inspect it on your own. Let us know what you think about these techniques in the comments.


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