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How to Copy Text from PDF in Easy Way

2020-06-19 11:59:10 • Filed to: How-To-EN • Proven solutions

PDF is the easiest and most secure way of sending and receiving important content. So can we copy text from PDF? With PDFelement, we can do this effectively.

4 Steps to Copy Text from PDF

Before you continue, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of PDFelement. Once the download is completed, follow the simple installation process, which will take only a few seconds. Then you are ready to learn how to copy text from PDF.

Step 1. Load PDF

Now, Run the recently installed PDFelement and open the PDF document that you want to copy. On the Home tab, click on the "Open File" button. Now, select the PDF file from which you want to copy text and click on the "Open" button again.

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Step 2. Copy Text from PDF

If your PDF file is selectable, then you can click the "Select" button and use your mouse click to select the text as you want, then copy text from PDF by the following tips and paste to your target document.

  • Right-click on the text and select "Copy Text"
  • Press "Ctrl + C" after selecting the text
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Step 3. Edit Your PDF (Optional)

Use the editing mode can also help you copy text from PDF. Click the "Edit" button to enable the editing mode, and you can select to edit as "Line Mode" or "Paragraph Mode". Select the text as you need to copy from PDF.

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Step 4. Save PDF File

After copying text from PDF file, save the file before closing it. Click on the "File" tab in the top left corner and select the "Save" or "Save As" button. Now, name the PDF file and save it on your computer.

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How to Copy Text from PDF

There is another way for you to copy text from PDF with PDFelement, that is converting PDF to another format document directly.

Step 1. Open PDF

After opening PDFelement, click the "Open File..." button to select your PDF document to be opened.

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Step 2. Copy Text from PDF to Word

Click the "Convert" > "To Word" button to start the conversion. This is how to copy text from pdf to word. And if you want to copy text from pdf to excel, you can click the "To Excel" button to do so directly.

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Tips: Why Cannot Copy Text from PDF

If your PDF file is not selectable, such as a secured PDF or a scanned PDF, then you unable to copy text from PDF actually. For the case, PDFelement still can help you copy text from PDF with some extra steps. So if your PDF file is a password protected file, then please refer to here about how to copy text from secured PDF. If your PDF file is a scanned or image-based PDF file, please refer to here about how to copy text from image.

PDFelement lets you add new text, delete text, or modify text within your document. You can also replace the images in the PDF file, resize them, or adjust their orientation. One of the best features is the built-in OCR tool, which will let you extract text from scanned PDF files.

In addition, PDFelement lets you can create PDF from different images, blank pages, slides, or forms. Similarly, you can convert any PDF file into Word, PPT, Excel sheets or even webpages. Once you have created a PDF file, it can also be protected using a password to prevent unauthorized access and editing.

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