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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42 thoughts on “Exporting PDF content

  1. Nancy

    I am trying to convert or export into a Word document so that the text is editable but it just keeps converting each page as a box that takes up an entire page & you cannot client into it to edit the text. That was the entire reason we purchased this software. Is it not capable? Yes, I am using Foxit Phantom, not just reader. Thank you!

  2. George Maunder

    I have Foxit Phantompdf
    I cannot export any pdf files to any MS office format. A message comes up saying “failed please check”.

  3. Rachael

    Those options don’t even exist. There is no “export” under file nor does it let you take a PDF and convert it to something else. All you can do is take a non PDF file and turn it into a PDF. Least helpful program I have ever used in my life.

      1. Ricky

        The Export option isn’t available. I’m using FoxitPDF. These instructions are incorrect or missing information.

  4. mike wade

    I want to collect data from a survey using the interactive form. As the data comes back to me (as fdf format – I don’t seem to have .csv as a format option), is there any way that I can enter it directly into Excel without having to harvest each individual response from the pdf?

    1. Laura Silva

      What version of Phantom are you using? I am on version 9.7 for Windows and have the ability to export the form data to .csv and open it in Excel.


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