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      • #1983406 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger


        I have multiple of PDF files and i want to copy the last line of second last page into spreadsheet cells, PDF last line starting title Total Count Amount (jpeg image attached). Each pdf file contains 30 to 35 page summary and copying the final line from individual file is very difficult, Is it possible with macro.

        Thanks in advance.


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      • #1983505 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        This is likely “possible” but may or may not be “feasible”.

        Not sure about doing it as an Excel macro, I’m not an expert on those.

        But, well. It is in general possible to convert the “text” elements of a PDF to plain text and then extract the last line of that… but depending on how the PDF was generated, the text may not be stored and therefore extracted in the same order as it was displayed in.

        Tables and multiple-column output in general can sometimes be a bother that way.

        And that’s not counting the PDFs that have images of text where you can at most extract an image file and run OCR on that, or white-on-white or other invisible text mixed in …

        So, it might be quite simple or very difficult, depending on how the PDFs are generated.

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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        I’ve not seen a way to screen scrape with VBA, but you can do it with AutoIt / AutoHotKey – you have to program it yourself.

        If the task is difficult manually it probably won’t be easy to write either, but if you have a lot to do it may be worthwhile.

        Are you able to consistently obtain the required information? i.e. load file, move to the required location, collect the information at the same place.

        Are you able to post a sample without sensitive data?

        cheers, Paul

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        It is easy to process a set of pdf files with Excel VBA.

        But it would help a lot if we had some sample test pdf files that had some representative dummy data. Two or three sample files would be OK.

        It would also help to know what spreadsheet version you were using, and whether you had Adobe Acrobat available, of just the free Adobe Reader.


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