Exporting PDF content

By Brian Duddy, Product Engineer

There are times when you need to use the content in a PDF file in another application, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or even HTML. But copying and pasting often makes a mess of your formatting. Cleaning it up can be so time-consuming that you may be tempted to retype in order to avoid reformatting.

There’s a better way: Just export your file with your PDF software, such as Foxit PhantomPDF.

Exporting/converting PDF files with Foxit PhantomPDF

With Foxit PhantomPDF, you can convert PDF files to formats like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Here’s what to do.

  1. Select FILE > Export, or click CONVERT > To MS Office, To HTML, or To Other.
  2. Select the format you want to convert your PDF to.
  3. Under “Settings” in the Save As dialog box, choose which page(s) to export, as well as if the document is pure text or includes images as well.

That’s it.

Want to save your entire PDF as an image or images so you can place it into a presentation, Word file or other document? You can do that, too. Here’s how.

  1. Select FILE > Export to Image, or click CONVERT > To Image.
  2. Choose the type of image and the page range (all pages, current page, a range of pages), and click OK.
  3. Set the color space, resolution, and other settings (depending on file type) from “Settings” in the Save As dialog box before you save the file. Click OK to continue.
  4. Click Save.

Of course, with PhantomPDF software, you may not even need to export files as you can edit and annotate your PDF directly, and reflow text with Link & Join Text. You can even perform advanced editing with the image editing feature in PhantomPDF Business.

The bottom line: you’ve got a lot of flexibility for changing and reusing the contents of your PDF files with Foxit PhantomPDF.

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22 thoughts on “Exporting PDF content

  1. George Maunder

    I cannot convert pdf to any MS document type. I have watched the video, tried to ‘SAVE AS’ and also convert. Each time, it reaches about 3% conversion then crashes.

  2. Scott Hankla

    I just purchased Phantompdf and have tried exporting and converting a pdf file to Word. Whatever I try I always get an image of the file when I open it, but nothing that I can edit in Word. I have also tried OCR with the same result. Phantompdf does not work for converting files and I would like a refund.

    1. Scott Hankla

      No one has responded to my query regarding converting pdf files to Word on December 4. I’m still waiting for “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    2. Laura Silva

      Hello, Thanks for choosing Foxit Software for your PDF solutions! Can you try the following steps
      Hello, Thanks for choosing Foxit Software for your PDF solutions!
      Export PDF to Word, Excel, and PPT files
      1.Click Convert > Export. (Tip: You can also export it through File > Save As.)
      2.Select the format you want to convert the PDF to, and specify the file name and location.
      3. For scanned PDF You can select options from “Settings” next to the Save As dialog box before saving the file. Select Export Engine -Image Based document
      4. Click Save.

      Then try to edit the word document.

  3. Diana Burggraff

    I am trying the convert from PDF to JPG instructions but it’s not working. I’m not receiving an error, it’s just not actually doing it even though it looks like it didn’t have issues. I have Windows 10, so I can search for any file I create and it’s not populating as a file even though I followed the instructions.

  4. Martin Fabb

    Converting pdf to word doesn’t seem to allow me to then edit the word document or use the word search facility, cut and paste etc.
    Is this not possible or maybe a known issue with Foxit Phantom?

    1. Laura Silva

      Hello, Thanks for choosing Foxit Software for your PDF solutions! The PDF that you are working with may be scanned. Please please proceed by selecting File > Export > MS Office > Word > Save As > (This will prompt you to save the PDF first since OCR was made) > when prompting you to save the Word document > Select Settings > Image Based Document Select OK > Select Save. This will now open editable and selectable doc in Word.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

  5. Sanchos

    There is no export option in the “Convert” tab. Is there a problem with the installation? I’ve uninstalled it and reinstalled it twice. Any help.

  6. asad

    foxit has a very good feature of printer which helps me saving different circuit layouts and graphs in foxit or pdf is there anyway to export that graph in to ms office report with same quality?
    looking forward for your response . thanks in advance

    1. FOXITBLOG Post author

      You can improve the quality of the PDF printer by going to the Printer preferences – Select the General tab- Conversion Quality- Default Settings – Select High Quality Print

  7. Andrew Byrne


    I keep trying to export my pdf document to excel but it saying ‘failed to export. please check.’ Is there any reason it is not working?

    I downloaded the update that I was directed to to solve the problem but still no luck!?

    Kind regards.



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