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How to Convert a PDF Table to Excel or Numbers on iPad

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Highlights can recognize and extract tables from PDFs using machine learning. This includes a wide range of table types with different formatting, alignments and merged cells.

1. Make an image selection over the table you want extracted:

2. Tap on the image selection to bring up the annotation popover:

3. Tap the table recognition button:

Wait for the table to be recognized:

Once the recognition is complete your table contents will appear in the annotation comment:

And the image in your notes will be replaced with the table:

4. Tap the Smart Copy button to copy the table data as CSV:

5. Paste it in Excel, Numbers or your spreadsheet application of choice:

The table recognition language is the same as the text recognition language and can be changed in settings: