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How To Summarize PDF Using ChatGPT

Going through a large PDF file to pick the main points is time-consuming and draining. With ChatGPT, you simply use a command, and your PDF file is summarized with speed and ease. If you have a long article, newsletter, book, essay, or research paper, ChatGPT can help you summarize it in no time.

However, summarizing PDFs using ChatGPT is not a walk in the park for everybody. You ought to find the right tool and know how to use it to summarize PDF with ChatGPT. This can be trickier for newbies. Fortunately, this article gives you a complete guide on how to summarize PDF with ChatGPT using the best tool.

Convenient Way To Summarize PDF

Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor is undoubtedly the most convenient method to summarize PDF. This powerful all-in-one PDF solution provides immense features that transform how you work with PDF files. With this tool, you can effortlessly summarize any type and size of a PDF file. Thanks to its amazing AI robot feature.

The PDFelement AI robot feature is integrated into the app and available like other platform features. The beauty of this integration is that you don't have to open the app separately. Once your PDF file is open on the PDFelement interface, you use the AI robot to process it directly.

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This feature is easy to use, fast, reliable, and processes all PDF files. Only command it, and you get the results in a few seconds. When you send a summary command, the AI robot reads through the PDF and finds the main points. These points are displayed on the screen, and you can copy or save them as a separate PDF file. Furthermore, you can edit them to meet your needs.

The summary feature is undoubtedly convenient. It allows users to use the current file or upload a different file for analysis. Furthermore, you can paste the content directly on the provided field for analysis. If you are unsatisfied with the input, you can use the delete button to remove it. The AI robot feature also lets you rewrite, proofread, and explain your document.

How To Summarize PDFs Conveniently With PDFelement AI Robot

PDFelement provides the most convenient way to summarize PDF with an AI robot. The following steps show how to summarize a PDF file with the PDFelement AI robot.

Step 1 To begin with, open Wondershare PDFelement on your computer to access the main window. Next, click the "Open PDF" button at the bottom-left, then upload the PDF file you want to summarize.

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Step 2 Select a text to display the floating bar when the PDF file loads. From the menu, click the AI robot icon (the blue circular icon with white patches inside). Scroll down the subsequent list and select the "Summarize" option.

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Step 3 The program will display the "Summary" window. Choose the "File" tab and select the "Current document" option. Click the "Analysis" button to let the PDFelement AI robot summarize your PDF file.

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Step 4 When the summary is ready, click the "Copy Response" button to copy the results. You can create a separate file for your response and paste it to create a new document.

Is ChatGPT safe?

While ChatGPT is a powerful and useful AI-powered platform, many users have doubted its safety. The safety of ChatGPT can be viewed in two dimensions: app download and app usage.

First, ChatGPT is not currently available as a download app. You only use it on the AI-powered online platform. Therefore, the risk of downloading the app with malicious programs is evaded. However, scammers can use this trick and furnish you with a malicious link. When you click the link, you download a malicious program that can harm your device and documents or even ransom you.

In terms of usage, the ChatGPT platform is safe. The AI-powered platform deploys various security mechanisms to counter any security and privacy threats. However, data safety can be at risk in the event of an OpenAI data breach. Nevertheless, this risk is common with online accounts.

How To Summarize PDF With ChatGPT

It is no secret that ChatGPT helps users summarize PDFs with ease. If you are handling a lengthy document, say an essay, research paper, book, or article, ChatGPT can help you summarize it in no time.

One of the popular ways of using ChatGPT to summarize PDF is through ChatGPT Python script. This is a Python code that can access ChatGPT API capabilities. The benefits of using Python script with ChatGPT are better efficiency, scalability, and customizability of tasks.

Can ChatGPT summarize PDF?

Summarizing a PDF in ChatGPT is more of making you understand the concept rather than reducing the size of your PDF. ChatGPT can summarize a PDF file directly with ease and speed. However, not all PDFs can be summarized by ChatGPT. If your PDF is inaccessible or is behind a paywall, then ChatGPT cannot summarize your PDF. Again, the summary accuracy for the respective PDF files is not the same. Quality PDF files get better accuracy compared to under-par PDF files.

How To Summarize PDF With ChatGPT

The following steps show how to summarize a large PDF document with ChatGPT:

Step 1 First, you need to find the PDF you want to summarize online. Open your PDF file online with a separate tab, then copy its URL.

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Step 2 Now, open another tab and access the ChatGPT main page. Log in to your ChatGPT account to get started. You can create an account if you don't have one.

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Step 3 Once logged in to your ChatGPT account, navigate to the chat field at the bottom of the page and enter the command "TLDR." Paste your PDF's URL in the same chat field, then press the "Send" button.

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ChatGPT will automatically begin to summarize your PDF file. You can check the progress on the background as it writes the main points. ChatGPT understands the "TLDR" command as a request to summarize the respective document (defined by the URL).

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How To Summarize PDF Files Using ChatGPT Python Script

The following steps illustrate how to summarize large PDF files using ChatGPT and Python easily.

Step 1 Get an API key for the ChatGPT and install the OpenAI Python library. You can install OpenAI and PyPDF2 via pip.

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Now, use the Python script to convert your PDF file into the equivalent plain text format. The processing time would depend on the size of the processed PDF file.

Step 2 Use the Script to cut the large plain text into smaller word chunks. The chunks should be made small so that ChatGPT doesn't struggle or demand more resources to process them.

pdf_summary_text = ""

pdf_file_path = "./pdfs/paper.pdf"

pdf_file = open(pdf_file_path, 'rb')

pdf_reader = PyPDF2.PdfReader(pdf_file)

for page_num in range(len(pdf_reader.pages)):

    page_text = pdf_reader.pages[page_num].extract_text().lower()

With smaller-sized chunks created, summarize each one of them with the Script. Now that each chunk has its own summary, merge them into a single text file. This makes it easier for ChatGPT to process the summary in an organized manner.

Step 3 Now, write a new summary for the merged chunk summaries using ChatGPT by OpenAI.

response = openai.ChatCompletion.create(



      {"role": "system", "content": "You are a helpful research assistant."},

      {"role": "user", "content": f"Summarize this: {page_text}"},



page_summary = response["choices"][0]["message"]["content"]

Step 4 From there, concatenate the summaries and save the final summarized text to a file.

pdf_summary_text += page_summary + "\n"

pdf_summary_file = pdf_file_path.replace(os.path.splitext(pdf_file_path)[1], "_summary.txt")

with open(pdf_summary_file, "w+") as file:


Step 5 Finish by closing the PDF file.


What Are the Limitations of ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is mind-blowing, and myriads of people can't believe its prowess. While everything good is popping up about ChatGPT, it is no secret that it, too, has some limitations. Some of the common limitations of ChatGPT include the following.

Limited Knowledge- the major downside of ChatGPT is that it lacks information on events post-2021. If you query anything post-2021, ChatGPT will not give you that information. Therefore, it is only useful if the queried information happened in or before 2021.

Understanding some contexts- ChatGPT tends to struggle in understanding some contexts, such as humor and sarcasm.

Low emotional intelligence and common sense- Unlike humans, ChatGPT often cannot generate human responses. While they may generate emphatic responses, they are not truly emotional.

Struggles handling multiple tasks simultaneously- ChatGPT is great when handling a single task. However, it tends to struggle with multiple tasks at the same time. This reduces its performance in terms of effectiveness and accuracy.

Can generate biased responses- Since ChatGPT is trained using large data sets, it is possible that these data sets contain biases or prejudice. This bias and prejudice will translate to the ChatGPT's responses; hence, users can get a biased judgment of a situation.

Which AI Tool Is Best To Summarize PDF?

There are many AI tools to summarize PDF files out there. However, finding the right tool can be a nightmare. Most tools promise outstanding performances, yet they offer below-par performances. If you need the best experience, use the best AI tool to summarize your PDF.

Fortunately, the PDFelement AI robot feature provides the best platform to summarize PDF files. This AI robot is designed with the user in mind and won't let you down. It is fast, easy to use, and effective. It can handle all types and sizes of PDF files. Furthermore, you can use the PDFelement features to fine-tune your document and transform how you interact with your PDF files.


ChatGPT has undoubtedly transformed how we summarize PDF files. While this is true, droves of people are still struggling to leverage this amazing feature. Well, there are several ways to summarize PDF using ChatGPT. However, not every method gives you the desired performances and experience.

Fortunately, you can effortlessly see that Wondershare PDFelement's AI robot feature is the king of the jungle. The ease of use, speed, effectiveness, and accuracy make it an indispensable tool for summarizing PDFs using ChatGPT. The latest version of Wondershare PDFelement comes with the AI robot feature. Therefore, you only need to download the latest Wondershare PDFelement version and get started with ChatGPT summarize PDF.

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