Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017     Views: 56

Occasionally you may find it useful to be able to copy and paste text from a PDF document. To do this you may have to switch to using the text selection tool by clicking on the relevant button in the toolbar, if it's there - with each version of the software the interface changes so it's difficult for us to give precise instructions. Adobe Reader X seems to default to text selection mode automatically.

You can now drag the mouse pointer over the text you wish to copy to select it. To copy the selected text to the clipboard, click on the Copy icon in the toolbar if it is available, or right-click on your selection and use the Copy command from there. If you are using the reader in standalone mode, this icon may not be there: use the Copy command from the Edit menu instead. You can then paste the text into whichever other application you wish, for example a word processor (eg Microsoft Word) or text editor (eg Windows Notepad).