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How to copy text from a PDF file

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Use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to copy text from a PDF file
Check if a PDF allows copying of content
Copy text from a PDF
Use a web browser to copy the text

In reality, copying text from a PDF is as simple as opening it. We simply select the text in question and copy it. We have two simple options to achieve this and they will be the ones we will see a little further down..

PDF files are very useful in various situations. We have already talked enough about them, showing all the possibilities they offer us. Like signing a document, editing it in various ways, compressing a file for free, etc.

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to copy text from a PDF file

The best option is to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC tool from this link . Then we will have to check if the PDF file supports copying and if it does, we can copy the text from it..

Check if a PDF allows copying of content

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We will have to verify the PDF restrictions, for this we will start the PDF in question with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Once opened, we are going to go to the menu bar and select Files > Preferences.

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A new window called Document Properties opens and we will have to select the Security tab, which would be the second one..

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Here we will have to verify that together with Copy of content it ensures that it is feasible to copy it. In case it says Not Allowed, then we cannot copy the content of the PDF.

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On the other hand, if it says Allowed, we can copy the content. If this is our case, we can continue with the guide.

Copy text from a PDF

We open the PDF in question with Acrobat Reader and we will select the Selection Tool, which is a standard cursor icon.

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Now we will find the text we want to copy and we will use the cursor to highlight it.

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We right click and choose Copy from the options.

The text will be copied to the clipboard and we can paste it into any text editor such as Word or a notepad by right-clicking on it and selecting Paste.

Use a web browser to copy the text

Another option is to use a web browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge to copy text from a PDF. Most browsers allow you to view and copy content. In this case we are going to use Chrome.

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We start by opening the PDF with Chrome. To do this, we will have to search for the PDF through File Explorer, right-click it and choose Open with > Google Chrome.

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Once the PDF opens, we will highlight the text we want to copy and right-click and select the Copy option.

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Now we simply go to where we want to paste the text, right click on it and choose paste. We can also directly press Ctrl + V to paste the text.



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