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Copy Text, Images from Free Adobe Reader XI Win

Client needs to be able to copy paragraphs from Adobe documents into Word. He would like to select, copy from Free Adobe reader, and then paste into a MS Word document. He would also like to copy pictures and charts if that can be done.

Can this be done with the current free version of Adobe Reader?

Thanks.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It can normally be done, but the document needs to have been created as editable PDF. Also, the document cannot be protected.

So while it can be done, the document needs to allow and not all documents will allow it. There is no rule. It depends on the document.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
one of the points of Acrobat was to protect data.  In some cases, it MAY be possible.  Where documents were created as text and "printed" to a PDF, it is likely possible.  Where a document was SCANNED in, it's likely NOT possible without running through an OCR image (and that assumes the PDF doesn't have any rights restrictions).
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
> Can this be done with the current free version of Adobe Reader?

Yes. For text, highlight the text with the mouse, right-click anywhere in the selected text, click Copy (or just do Ctrl-C), then Paste (or Ctrl-V) in Word. For an image, right-click it and select Copy Image (or just do Ctrl-C), then Paste (or Ctrl-V) in Word. Regards, Joe
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Joe - I am quite sure the document needs to be an editable PDF. If created with text as a graphic, then you cannot copy the text. Lee W. said the same thing.

It really is document dependent.
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captainCommented:
It goes a little further still. Depending on Font embedding and Object level compression even text that is selectable, (editable, non protected and non Image) is not necessarily useful.

PDFs could be structured where the text is chunked, in other words the text blocks don't follow the visible order but copy in a random order, which means without later editing it will not make sense. I also have had text that ended up reversed when pasted so "House" became "esuoH".

Usually text from PDFs will mess up your Document formatting anyway so in the least you may have to content with reformatting issues.

It is probably more important to know how the PDFs have been created and test if all the functions you need can be utilised from the most common type of PDF you have. Adobe Reader will be able to deal with copying and paste as well as any other free Reader, but if you need to edit Documents further to get the data you need you may want to consider Acrobat Pro instead (costly).

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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
> I am quite sure the document needs to be an editable PDF.

Yes, of course. I would argue that goes without saying. :)  Actually, it doesn't have to be "editable"— it just needs to have text, such as a PDF Normal file (not OCRed) or a PDF Searchable Image file (OCRed). Since the question mentioned "copy paragraphs" and "copy pictures", I made the (reasonable, imo) assumption that the paragraphs are text and the pictures are images. If the paragraphs are not text, then the entire document is a picture/image! Certainly possible, but unlikely, imo. They are probably typical PDF Normal files with text and images. Regards, Joe
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captainCommented:
@ For an image, right-click it and select Copy Image (or just do Ctrl-C)

Also not necessarily, depending on how the document is genrated you may need to draw a marquee around the image and then copy the selection.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
> Also not necessarily, depending on how the document is genrated you may need to draw a marquee around the image and then copy the selection.

Interesting! I haven't noticed that. Thanks for the tip. Also, your previous post <http:#a40299631> was excellent. As usual, the Captain is spot-on! :)
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computerlarryAuthor Commented:
Excellent response, a combination of practical and technical !
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captainCommented:
Thanks for assist, and thanks Joe for the nice comment :)
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@computerlarry  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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