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I have got a very effective PDF file for my research, but it's secured by a password. How can I get information from a secured file? Don't worry. Now I am going to tell you how to copy text from a secured PDF with five efficient solutions. The most recommendable tool is Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor, which is easy to use and powerful that enables you to copy text from secured PDF effectively. It also supports reading, editing, annotating, creating, converting, and signing PDF documents.
The reason behind a dilemma is always the source of cure too. The reasons why you can't copy text from a PDF file could be: a) this is a scanned PDF file; b) the file is protected with password and anyone who doesn't have the right password is restricted from copying text on the PDF file. To check if the file is secured, you can use a PDF editor like Wondershare PDFelement. This is a complete and easy-to-use PDF solution that can not only add passwords to protect your PDF files from copying, editing or printing, but also remove password from a secure PDF file. Free download it to have a try.
Here are the steps to check the permission of the file with PDFelement.
Step 1: Firstly, you need to open the pdf file in Wondershare PDFelement.
Step 2: If the file is locked, there is a blue banner that says "the document is protected".
If this is a protected PDF file, follow the methods to copy text from a protected PDF.
If you know the permission passwords of your PDF document, then you can use Wondershare PDFelement to copy from secured PDF directly. And you can also remove the password permanently with it if you do not want it anymore.
After opening the secured PDF document in the program, please click the "Enable Editing" button on the notification bar to enter the permission password.
Now choose the "Edit" button on the toolbar. Select your desired text from PDF and right-click to choose the "Copy" option or press the "Ctrl +C" keys to copy the texts. You are also able to edit PDF text if you need it.
If you feel that the password-protected file is inconvenient, you can remove the password using PDFelement. For that, go to the "Protect">"Set Password" icon, and then deselect the permission option to unlock PDF permanently.
PDFelement also supports the creation of PDFs from blank documents, images, HTML, existing PDFs, screen capture, and window capture. You can also convert PDFs to other formats, such as images, HTML, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, EPUB, Plain Text, and Rich Text, etc.
If you don't have the password of secured PDF, you can use PDFelement to take a snapshot of the secured PDF content but also use the embedded OCR feature to turn the snapshot into editable text content directly.
After opening the secured PDF document in PDFelement, please go to the "Tool" tab menu, and select the "Capture" tool. Then use the mouse click to draw the area that you want to capture. Choose the "Save" option to save the image on your local drive.
Drag and drop the saved snapshot into the window of PDFelement or click "Create PDF" to create it into a PDF document, it will be an image-based PDF document, and the text in it is not editable currently.
Directly tap on the "Perform OCR" button on the top notification bar or click the "OCR" button in the "Tool" menu. Then in the pop-up window, choose the "Scan to editable text" option, and choose the same language of the text to perform OCR. Next, click the "Apply" button to start to scan the file. After performing OCR, a new editable PDF file will be opened automatically. You can select the text to copy. This is the second method how to copy text from a secured pdf file.
If the permission password protects your PDF documents to prevent you from editing, changing, copying, or printing, you are unable to copy text from secured PDF. Then PDF Password Remover is the best tool for you to remove the restrictions without a password and copy from secured PDF by PDFelement.
Launch the program on your computer. Now import your desired file by clicking the "Add Files" button on the top left corner. A pop-up dialog box will appear. From the dialog box, choose the file you want to decrypt.
After the PDF has been imported into the program, you can then click the "Start" button. Your encrypted file will be decrypted from copying restrictions. Then use PDFelement or another PDF reader to open the new PDF document to copy text out of it.
Suppose the permission password of your PDF document has been restricted to copy, however not prevent printing. Then you can use the Chrome browser to print your secured PDF file to a normal PDF file and copy text from it.
Download and install the Google Chrome browser on your computer and launch it. Drag the secured PDF file from your local drive and drop it in the Chrome browser, then it will be opened in a tab directly.
Choose the "Print" option in the top-right corner of this Chrome browser.
Click the "Save" button to save it as a PDF. Then you can open the saved PDF document by PDFelement or a PDF reader, select the text in it and press "Ctrl+C" to copy the text.
Google Drive is another program that can help you copy from secured PDF. Let's check out the following steps.
Upload the secured PDF into your Google Drive account first.
Right-click the secured PDF file and choose "Open With" > "Google Docs" to open it.
Once the PDF file is opened, the text in it is already selectable. You can copy text from a secured PDF file directly and paste it to another document as you want. These are the only steps about how to copy text from a secured PDF.
Here are the reasons to enable the copy option in a pdf file;