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    I have Acrobat 8 Pro. Can I copy text from a .pdf file and paste it in Word? I thought I could use the Select Tool but the only thing its letting me do is draw some stupid boxes.
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by:residents
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I'm not sure with Acrobat 8 Pro, but I do seem to be able to highlight, copy and paste using PDF Exchange Viewer available free here http://pdf-xchange-viewer.en.softonic.com/

Using the text tool, simply highlight and ctrl+c to copy and ctrl+p to paste into word.
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by:john8217
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    Hi "residents."
     I've installed that program. I use the "Highlight Text Tool" (is that the tool you meant?) but it's not letting me select anything.
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by:printnix63
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This may depend on what the PDF holds internally.
You can have graphical PDF's that will display text, but you cannot treat it as text.
Even the free Adobe Reader can copy and paste text from a PDF, if it has been created to actually hold text. It may well be, that your PDF is only holding graphics.

There are as well tools there to extract text from a PDF, but they as well will not retrieve anything, if it is a graphical PDF - then you can only run OCR over it.
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Yeah the PDF you have must be a graphic and not actually text. You can definitely highlight text (even if you can't copy it) so it must be a scanned document from a scanner or something like that. In this particular instance you will not be able to paste that into a word document.
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    You guys are right; these pdfs are from scanned documents.
     However, after some tooling around I found a way to copy text from these graphical pdfs and paste it into Word.
          -Go to: Tools \ Comment and Markup \ Highlight Text Tool.
          -Then when I try to highlight text, a "Scanned Page Alert" dialog box will pop-up. I hit OK, let it do its thing.
          -Then go to: Text Edits” (which should be on the Edit Bar, but I think its also located in: Tools \ Comment and Markup \Text Edits \ Text Edits Tool).
NOW WE'RE IN BUSINESS!
*Once again, this was for Acrobat 8 Professional.
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by:john8217
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I ultimately found the answer on my own
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