How to Copy Text From a PDF

To copy text from a PDF (Portable Document Format) file, you can use the following steps:

  1. Open the PDF file in a PDF reader program, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Foxit Reader, or SumatraPDF.
  2. Select the text you want to copy by clicking and dragging the cursor over it. You can also use the “Select All” option in the “Edit” menu to select all the text in the document.
  3. Right-click on the selected text and choose the “Copy” option, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Mac).
  4. Open the destination document or application, such as a Word document or an email, where you want to paste the copied text.
  5. Right-click on the destination area and choose the “Paste” option, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac).

Note that the formatting of the text may change when you paste it into another document or application, especially if the PDF contains special characters, images, or tables. In some cases, you may need to adjust the formatting manually to match the original text.

If the PDF file is protected with a password or has restrictions on copying or editing, you may not be able to copy the text directly. In this case, you can try using an online PDF converter or a specialized software tool that can remove the password or restrictions and allow you to copy the text. However, be aware that removing password or restrictions from a PDF without permission may be a violation of copyright or security laws.