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Wondering how to copy and paste from PDF when you want to use some content into another document? The common issue is you may not be able to copy the content from PDF document directly! You may not have a proper PDF editor to enable the copy and paste. Sometimes the PDF document may be a scanned file, then the content is an image in it actually, it is not the actual text to be copied. Or the PDF document may be a secured one that has the restrictions to be copied. Luckily, we will provide three efficient ways to help you copy and paste from PDF with PDFelement here.

Way 1: Copy and Paste from PDF including Scanned PDF

If your PDF file is created from a scanner or images, then the content in it is not the actual text, you can't copy from PDF directly. In this way, you need to use the OCR feature to change the PDF to be editable, then copy and paste from PDF.

Step 1. Open a Scanned PDF in PDFelement

After launching PDFelement, please drag and drop your scanned or image-based PDF file in it to be opened.

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Step 2. Start to Copy and Paste from PDF

Click the "Edit" button on the top-left corner, all the content in the PDF document are editable and selectable now. Then you can use the mouse click to select the text, image or table to copy and paste from PDF into another document as you want.

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Step 3. Change Scanned PDF to be Editable (Optional)

Click the OCR button and choose the correct language of your PDF content to perform OCR, the new created PDF fill will be editable that allows you to copy and paste. Then do step 2 again to copy and paste from PDF document.

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Way 2: Copy and Paste from Secured PDF

If the PDF document is restricted with passwords, then content copying may not be allowed. However, you still can copy and paste from this kind of PDF document easily with PDFelement. After opening your secured PDF document in this program, click the "Enable Editing" button to enter the password, then you can follow the above steps to copy and paste content from PDF. Here we also provide several other solutions to help you copy text from secured PDF without password.

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Way 3: How to Copy from PDF with PDF Converter Pro

PDF Converter Pro is the tool that helps us convert PDF files to editable documents. It supports converting PDF files to editable Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and HTML, which you can copy and paste from them. After you download it, install it on your computer. Both Windows and Mac version are available.

Step 1. Import PDFs and Select the Output Format

Launch PDF Converter Pro. Click "Add Files" to browse your computer for the PDF files you want to copy and paste from. Up to 200 PDF files are supported each time. To save time, you can import an array of PDF files. To select the output format, I suggest you choose Microsoft Word on the right side of pane.

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Step 2. Copy and Paste Text from Output Documents

Click the "Convert" button to convert PDF files to editable Microsoft Word documents. After the conversion, you're able to check the output Word document by clicking the little folder on the PDF item bar. After opening these output Word documents, you can easily copy and paste the PDF content.

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This part is specially written to tell you an easy way to do the PDF copy paste work. All you need is to download and install PDF Converter Pro on your computer. And then follow the steps below to convert PDF files to editable documents on which you can copy and paste the text easily or you can just manage the content with the output documents, not bother to copy and paste it again. Here we take the Windows version as an example.

  • This PDF converter can help you convert PDF to other formats and then you can copy and paste from PDF freely.
  • OCR feature gives users a solution for those read-only and uneditable PDF files. With it, you can edit the scanned documents easily.
  • If you want to save time, just add as many PDF files as possible. You can get them converted together within a few seconds.
  • Except the batch conversion it provides, users can also select page range for each document and even can convert different PDF files into different formats at a time.

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