Wondering how to copy text from protected, restricted or scanned PDF files? This article proposes four feasible solutions with detailed steps and screenshots, so that you can easily understand how to do it.
Usually, you only need to open the PDF with a PDF Reader like Adobe, and then you can directly copy the text and paste it elsewhere.
But if that PDF file is password-protected or has some operation permissions set, then you cannot copy and paste from the PDF. Additionally, some PDFs are scanned or full of images, you cannot copy the text in them, too.
So is it possible to copy text from these PDF files? Of course, this guide will give you detailed instructions on how to copy text from PDF.
Have you ever wondered why you can’t copy and paste from a PDF? Scanned PDFs, secured, or restricted PDFs hinder text copying.
How can you determine if your PDF document is restricted? One of the simplest methods is to open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Here are the steps to check:
Open PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader > Right-click the mouse and hit Document properties > Navigate to Security in the pop-up > Check if it is Not Allowed for Content Copying.
In this case, you can remove the password from the PDF and then copy the text. PDFgear offers all the necessary features for free.
Below, you will find detailed instructions along with screenshots.
Download PDFgear Desktop (Windows, Mac, and iOS are compatible) > Fire it up > Click Open File to choose a file from your device.
Locate Tools in the middle-upper ribbon > Click Remove > A pop-up window appears to reconfirm with you if you want to remove the password > Hit Yes.
Then open the PDF without a password with PDFgear and copy the text from it directly. Even you can edit, delete, and modify the text in the PDF with PDFgear Desktop as the video shows below.
Another way to copy text from a secured PDF is to print a copy without limitation.
Launch PDFgear Desktop > Import a PDF from your device by clicking Open File.
Click Print in the upper-left corner > Choose All pages in the pop-up > Tap Print to Save a Copy of the PDF without Password.
Further, you can password protect a PDF with PDFgear.
And for the scanned pdf, how do you copy the text from it? PDFgear offers you a solution: the OCR tool. This is an image recognition technology that can accurately identify the text content in a picture and copy or save it as a separate file.
So you can use the OCR tool to extract text from a pdf.
Select a PDF file in your device > Right-click your mouse > Hover over Open with > Choose PDFgear.
Hit the OCR button > Box the area you desired > Click done.
In the pop-up window, you can choose to Copy text to clipboard or Save it as a Text file.
If you don’t want to download a piece of software to your device, there are two online options available.
As we all know, Word documents allow editing, copying, and changes. Therefore, if we can convert scanned PDF into an editable Word document, we can copy and paste the content from it.
Go to PDFgear online PDF to Word converter > Upload your PDF file by clicking Choose files.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file to the upload box.
Tap Download to save the Word document > Open it with Microsoftware Word or other corresponding software > Use the shortcut key “Ctrl + C” to copy.
Converting the whole scanned PDF to an editable Word document is a very feasible method. However, it is not a wise choice for PDF documents with a large number of pages. Because you may only need to copy a few pages or a few lines.
In this case, you can extract the pages you want from the PDF or take a screenshot and then convert them.
Open PDFgear > Click Screenshot > Select the area you desired > Hit Save > Choose a location to save the screenshot.
The screenshots will be saved as a PNG file.
Go to PDFgear online PNG to PDF converter > Click Choose files to upload the screenshot > You can upload multiple files by hitting Add Files > Tap Convert > Click Download to save the PDF file.
Upload the PDF converted by the PNG to PDFgear online editor > Select the text > Right-click the mouse > Click Copy.
You will not be able to copy text from a scanned PDF or a PDF with a password or limitations. However, PDFgear can assist you in copying text by removing passwords, printing copies, performing OCR on images, capturing screenshots, or converting them to editable Word documents.
You only need to upload your PDF document to the PDFgear online editor, and then you can easily copy the text into Word using the shortcut keys “Ctrl + C” and “Ctrl + V”. Alternatively, you can directly convert PDF to Word using the PDFgear online converter.
Sure! You can extract text from PDF with PDFgear. Fire up the PDFgear Desktop > Click Open File to import a PDF from the device > Hit OCR button > Box an area with your mouse > Tap done.
If the PDF is password-protected, you can import it to the PDFgear Software, and click the Remove button in the Tools tab to clear the password and lift restrictions.
All right. Now you can freely copy text from PDF without limitation. With the right tools selected, everything can be done with ease. Therefore, try PDFgear, a free tool, and it will definitely surprise you.