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Now I am going to tell you how to copy from secured PDF with four efficient solutions. The most recommendable tool is PDFelement, which is. In other PDF viewer programs like Foxit, you have to click on Tools and Now on to the tougher issue of copying text from images or secured. If your PDF file is user password protected, change step 4 to qpdf –decrypt You now have a perfect copy of the original file, minus any.

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So I ran into a problem the other day when I had to copy some text from a PDF file and paste it into a presentation that Fxit was doing.

The problem was I could not copy the text! So it was not actual text in the first place.

Can’t copy text from a pdf file – Super User

Secondly, where there was actual text that could seured be copied, this PDF had some sort of security permissions set on it so that content copying was not allowed! I still needed that text and I was going to figure out a way to get it. In Adobe Reader, if text is copy-able, then all you have to do is select it and right-click copg choose Copy. Obviously, if you were able to securd this, you would not be reading this post! Now on to the tougher issue of copying text from images or secured PDF files.


You can see specific permissions by clicking on Edit and then clicking on Protection and then Security Properties. In newer versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat, you have to click on Protect in the right-hand pane to bring up the protection options.

As you can see below, content copying is not allowed and the security fromm protected by a password. If you know the password, then you could remove the security and copy all you want.

Can’t Copy Text from a PDF File?

So the only other thing you can do is take a screenshot of the text and then run it through an OCR program. Sounds like too much work, but it really is not. You can take a screenshot on a Mac or PC without additional software.

Also, if you happen to own Adobe Acrobat, you can use it to automatically convert image text into editable text.

It will automatically scan the entire securef using OCR and converts it into a fully editable document. Once you have the screenshot, then download a free OCR program. Here are two that I have used in the past:. Obviously, if you already have OCR software, then just use that program instead.


But as long as you do that, the software has no spyware or anything like that. Anyway, once you have the program installed, click on the big Open button and choose your image.

Why can’t I copy text in the page?

The text will now show up on frpm right hand side and you can copy it to the clipboard or export it to Microsoft Word. Overall, the program did a very good job with a few minor mistakes here and there.

It saved me a lot of time though not having to manually type all sceured text. Hopefully, this will help you copy the text you need from a PDF document. August 14, by Aseem Kishore. Founder of Help Desk Geek and managing editor.

He began blogging in and quit his job in to blog full-time. He has over 15 years of industry experience in IT and holds several technical certifications. Disable Meta Refresh in Internet Explorer.