Quick & Direct Method to Copy from Protected PDF File
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 I was doing.
The problem was I could not copy the text!
So it was not actual text in the first place. Secondly, where there was actual text that could normally 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 and choose Copy. Obviously, if you were able to do this, you would not be reading this post! Now on to the tougher issue of copying text from images or secured PDF files.
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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 is protected by a password. If you know the password, then you could remove the security and copy all you want.
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 document 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.
The text will now show up on the 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 that text.
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