You can use Select Text tool to select text or columns of text in a PDF document and use the Copy and Paste commands to copy the selected text into another application. You can also mark up, add notes, or create links for the text.
To select document text (including characters, words, spaces and lines of text):
- Choose the Select Text tool and drag across the text to be selected.
- To select a column of text, move the pointer to the column of text. When the pointer changes to , the Select tool is in column select mode. Drag across the columns of text to be selected.
To select all the text on a page:
- Choose Single Page for the page layout, and select the Select Text tool .
- Choose Edit > Select All, or press Ctrl + A to select any text on the page.
Note: If the page layout is Continuous or Continuous-Facing, choose Edit > Select All or press Ctrl+A to select all the text in the document.
To copy selected text:
- Use the Select Text tool to select any amount of text on the pages.
- Choose Edit > Copy to copy the selected text to the target application. Or right-click over the selected text and click Copy.
Please note the following tips:
- If the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands are not available when you select text, it is probable that the author of the PDF document has set restrictions against copying text. See Viewing PDF Security Settings.
- If a font copied from a PDF document is not available on the system displaying the copied text, the font cannot be preserved. The font is substituted on the receiving system with the closest match or a default font.
- You can paste copied text into comments and bookmarks as well as into documents authored in other applications.