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How to copy text from PDF

PDF primarily is a portable reading and display format. It looks the same as the original on whatever computer you view them. This makes it widely used in distributing files worldwide. What’s more, the non-editable feature gains great security to PDF. That is to say, copy or paste are not intended or even initially implemented. In some cases, there still some people leaning to copy text from PDF directly when they find some valuable information in it.  

Here I want to talk about how to copy text from PDF. You can copy text from a PDF depending on how the PDF are created.

If the PDF file is a text-based file and open to everyone, can in fact be used as the source for a copy. You just open the PDF in the Adobe Acrobat Window. Then do as below in order.

Click the Text tool (the T tool) to select it.
Select the text in the document and you’d like to copy.
Choose “Copy from the Edit menu”.
Switch to the program you’d like to paste your text into and choose “Paste from the Edit menu”.

If the PDF file is an image-based file for example generated by a scanner, moreover it is owner password protected one. The owner password is used to protect PDF files from copying, editing and printing.

The best solution is to copy PDF text to Word with a PDF to Word Converter.

You need to remove the password firstly so that you can copy text from PDF to Word. The PDF to Word Converter can remove the password automatically in the process of conversion. And convert the files to editable Word files.

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Follow the below steps you will copy PDF text to Word successfully in a short time:

Step one: Download and install the PDF to Word Converter, then launch it. An intuitive interactive GUI will pop up. Click “Add files” to import the PDF files you’d like to copy into the interface.

Step two: Choose the output type to Word format and select the page range option or type in page range if needed. Remember to specify the output folder path.

Step three: Click the “Convert” to start conversion. The PDF files will unlock and convert to Word files within seconds!

After conversion you can copy PDF text into Word easily. Just to reuse the content in the converted Word files.

Other alternatively choices to copy text from PDF is to use a PDF Editor or PDF to Text Converter.

PDF Editor enables you to directly copy text from existing PDF files without converting, you just input your files and turn to desired pages then copy from it. It will be as easy as you do in Ms Word program. With it, you can obtain more ablilities to edit text in PDF document.    

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The latter one can allow you to extract text from PDF file no matter normal or encrypted one. Or you can convert the whole PDF file to Text as well. More information and tutorial you can refer to: How to change PDF to Text

With the PDF to Word Converter or PDF Editor or PDF to Text Converter you can copy text from a PDF easily no matter what type the PDF is. You just need several clicks it will be done smoothly.

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