How to Easily Export HTML Tables to Excel

CEO Khai Intela
Web scrapers often target data presented on websites using HTML tables. While these tables make data easy to understand, they can be challenging to scrape. Thankfully, there are three simple methods to export HTML tables...

Web scrapers often target data presented on websites using HTML tables. While these tables make data easy to understand, they can be challenging to scrape. Thankfully, there are three simple methods to export HTML tables to Excel that can save you time and effort. In this article, we'll explore these methods and explain why it's important to export HTML tables to Excel.

3 Ways to Export HTML Table Data to Excel

Excel is a powerful tool for data analysis, allowing users to organize and analyze data with ease. By exporting HTML tables to Excel, you can make data analysis faster and more efficient. Let's take a look at the three methods and their advantages:

3 Ways to Export HTML Tables to Excel

1. Copy and Paste Method

The easiest way to export HTML tables to Excel is by using the copy and paste method. All you need is a browser to copy the tables from websites and paste them into Excel. Here's how:

Step 1: Go to the website with the table you want to export. Let's consider the following sample data:

Sample data from a webpage

Step 2: Copy the data you need from the HTML table.

Step 3: Open Microsoft Excel and create a new file.

Step 4: Paste the table into the desired location in the Excel sheet.

Data pasted in a spreadsheet

Step 5: Adjust the width and height of the columns and rows to fit the data properly.

Step 6: Save the sheet as an Excel or CSV file.

2. Direct Import Method

Another method to import HTML tables into Excel is through the "Get Data From Web" feature. This method allows you to transfer website data into Excel without using a browser. Here's how:

Step 1: Open Excel and create a new file.

Step 2: In the Data tab, click on "From Web" and select "Get Data from External Sources".

Excel Menu bar

Step 3: A pop-up will appear. Enter the URL of the HTML file with the table you want to export and click "Go".

Excel Web Query Window

Step 4: On the left side of the screen, select the desired table from the list and click "Transform Data".

Web Query sample from Excel

Step 5: Adjust the rows and columns to ensure everything looks correct.

Exported HTML Table Data

Step 6: Save the file.

3. JavaScript Method

The JavaScript method allows you to convert an HTML table into an Excel-supported format, enabling you to work on HTML tables and automate data conversion. Follow these steps to export HTML tables to Excel using JavaScript:

Step 1: Create an HTML table on the webpage with the proper structure.

Step 2: Include the "SheetJS" library with the script tag.

Step 3: Write the function to convert and export the table data using "SheetJS".

Step 4: Add a clickable button to your HTML page.

Step 5: When you click the button, the script will download the file.

Conclusion

Exporting HTML tables to Excel provides a convenient way to handle data. Excel's straightforward interface and practical features make it an excellent tool for data analysis. By connecting visually appealing websites with robust spreadsheet tools, HTML tables in Excel allow users to work with large data sets. Choose the exporting technique that best suits your needs and resources. Happy data exporting!

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