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How to Extract Text from PDF

Documents take different formats. One of the most popular formats is Portable Document Format commonly known as PDF. These format is easy to use and can be viewed from any device without changing its layout. With such a format, you may want to extract some text from it but you cannot copy and paste. Therefore, you need to look for PDF software that can do that. This guide recommends the most practical PDF software and how to extract text from PDF.

Part 1Best PDF Text Extractor that You Need

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Wondershare PDFelement is the right tool you need when you think of stripping texts from a PDF file. This tool is made specifically to solve all your PDF problems. It allows you to view your PDF, edit and convert it to editable formats.

Moreover, PDFelement is well integrated with OCR technology that allows you to edit and extract texts from an image-based scanned PDF document. This tool also comes with a great user interface that allows you to edit, create and combine your PDF files like a pro.

Part 2The Steps for Extracting Text from PDF Document

Step 1. Open PDF

When you have downloaded and installed Wondershare PDFelement on your computer, open it. Next you need to open the PDF file with the program.

On the Home window of the program, click on the "Open" option. This will allow you to access your documents on local folders. Search for the appropriate PDF you want to get texts out of it. After that select it and click on the "Open" button.

Step 2. Pull Text from Standard PDF

At this point you have successfully opened the PDF with the program and you will see your PDF displayed. To extract texts on the PDF, click on the "Home" tab followed by the "Select" button.

Now move to the text field and select the entire desired text field and it highlighted blue. Click on "Control + C" command and open the Word or text document and paste the content there.

Step 3. Extract Text from Scanned PDF

If you want to strip text from a scanned PDF, you can import it in the program. And then click the "Perform OCR" button on the top notification bar. Choose an OCR language and click "OK" to make the document editable.

Then as the step 2 explains, go to the "Home" tab and click "Select" to get the text you want.

Step 4. Edit Your PDF (Optional)

You can then edit your PDF after obtaining texts from it. To add texts or delete texts you need to navigate to the "Edit" tab. Click "Edit Text" and you will then have a chance to change font size, color and style of your PDF texts. After that go text filed and click on it to modify texts.

To get markups such as sticky notes, text box and highlight, go to the "Comment" tab and select the appropriate annotation tool. Lastly ensure you save your work to apply the changes made.

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Published: Apr 11,2016 14:05 pm / Updated: Feb 27,2017 15:53 pm

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