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How to extract highlighted text from a pdf file

Jul 17, 2013 5:36 AM

Tags: #mark #highlight #extract



I have a Adobe acrobat pro version 9. When I read documents in pdf I highlight a lot of sentences. I would like to know how I could extract only the highlighted text from a pdf document in one action?


My computer knowledge as a biologist is not that amazing, so if it can be done without coding that would be wonderfull. Are there some tools for that? If coding is needed I'm willing to give it a try.


It would be greatly appreciated if someone would try toexplain this to me


Thanks in advance




Message was edited by: ndeblend

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    Jul 17, 2013 5:50 AM   in reply to ndeblend

    Did you tick the option (under Edit - Preferences - Comments) to copy the

    highlighted text into the comments?

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    Jul 17, 2013 6:03 AM   in reply to ndeblend

    After highlighting the text is too late, I'm afraid, as this will not apply to any highlights you've created in the past, only to new one. Your options right now are:

    - Re-create all of the highlights you've made with this option on. Then you would be able to use the built-in Create Comments Summary tool.

    - Use a script to identify and copy the highlighted text and copy it into the comments for you, so you can create the summary. I've developed a script that does this. You can contact me by PM or email ( if you're interested in it.

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