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Is there a way to select and copy blocks of text from a PDF.  I need to copy columns of data at a time.
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If the PDF has renderable text, then using the Select Text selection tool should be able to have you select text for a copy and paste procedure. If there is no renderable text, then you can run an OCR procedure to make any text that the Adobe Acrobat engine can find, selectable for copy and paste.
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From Adobe Acrobat 9, go to Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognize Text Using OCR...
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I'm able to select text and copy and paste.  But I am not able to select only one column of text.  I'm trying to convert the PDF into an excel file.  The "copy as table" and "Open table in Spreadsheet" options mangle the data too much to be useful.
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Ah, OK. You can crop (using the Crop tool) the section with the column in question and then perform the selective select. Afterward, you can undo the crop to isolate other column areas in your document to perform the same.
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used alt key
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alt key allows you to select blocks of text.
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