From time to time, users need to copy text from an Adobe PDF. The following sections contain step by step instructions on how to do so based on the program you're using and its version. To proceed, select the link that applies to you from the below list.
How to Copy Text From a PDF (Acrobat) Document
Not all browsers and online readers support copying text from a PDF. Most of the time, you'll only be able to select certain portions of the PDF or none at all. We suggest downloading the file and opening it in the Adobe Reader program for best results.
Format text in a PDF
Before trying the steps below, look at the top title bar. If you cannot highlight any PDF text using the steps above, it likely has copy protection.
Only professional paid versions of PDF programs can remedy this issue. A PDF file is often secured to prevent you from copying the content because the author or company who produced the PDF is protecting their Copyright.
If you're attempting to copy text from a PDF for commercial use, you must obtain explicit permission from the Copyright holder. If you need to copy text for personal use, or for accessibility reasons, the following steps can help you copy edit-restricted text. Warning Not all browsers and online readers support copying text from a PDF.
Copying text in an online PDF reader. Copying text in Adobe Reader DC. Copying text in Adobe Reader X or later.
Copy an area of a PDF (Reader DC application only, not browser)
Copying text in Adobe Reader 9 or earlier. Copying text from a secured PDF.
Note Before trying the steps below, look at the top title bar. Note If you cannot highlight any PDF text using the steps above, it likely has copy protection.
Additional information How to copy and paste text in a document or another program. See our PDF definition for further information and related links. PDF help and support.
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