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Adobe Acrobat: PDF File with OCR - Possible to Increase the Font Size Without Increasing the Area?

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I have some documents scanned into Adobe PDF files with OCR.  I need to read them printed out.

Printed out, the text is too small to read comfortably.

Using the free Adobe Reader I can print them out at a higher Zoom, for example 125%.  But, that zooms the whole page, so the lines are really too long to read comfortably.

If I buy Adobe Acrobat, can it reshuffle the words so that the lines are not so long but the words themselves are bigger?  To illustrate what  I mean.

Currently, with Reader, I can go from

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

to...

The same line.  With bigger text (good), but, for me, it then also becomes muuuuuuch  toooo looooooong to follow with your eye.

What I'm looking to do is to increase the size of the font inside an OCR document, but also to keep the area the text appears in constrained.  So that the sentence:

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

becomes...

The quick brown
fox jumped over
the lazy dog.

Bigger text - the actual letter increase in size, but the words respect the left and right area boundaries.

Can Adobe Acrobat do this?

Thanks
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by:Phillip Burton
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I believe that the answer is "no".

I would suggest that you either copy the text into Word, or save it as a Word document, and then you can use its Reader Mode.
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by:oaktrees
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Hi Phillip,

Thanks for taking the time to reply.  Really appreciate that!!

Can I do that with the free Adobe Reader alone?  Or, do I have to do it with Acrobat.  

I know there are applications and websites that offer PDF to Word this but just wondering if you know about the native software itself.  Want to keep it Abobe PDF --> Adobe's Own Conversion --> Word File just thinking that there's fewest errors that way and also want to keep all the files on my machine.
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Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
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You can do the copy the text into Word using the free Adobe Reader. Highlight the text, copy (Ctrl+C) and paste it into Word.

With Adobe Acrobat XI (and previous versions) you can also save it as a Word document. If you don't have the full version, you can download a trial version and use that free for (I think) 60 days, so you could do it that way without cost.

Whilst there are other programmes available, most of them concentrate on OCRing the text, but you said you had already done that, so that's half the battle done.
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