This should be an easy one- all I want to do is select some text/charts from a PDF, and then copy and paste into Word/Paint... I used to be able to do this (with Adobe Reader 9 I think it was), but since I upgraded to X I can't even select text, even if the Select Tool is on. Can anyone help??
Here is the procedure to select the text,
right click anywhere and switch from hand tool to select tool,
than select the text you want and copy it. Paste it where you like it to.
I tried this and it works on mine.
Recently I have run across PDF documents that are not an image in the sense that each page is a single image, but rather they are made of lots of individual images, even to the point that each letter is its own image. As such documents are technically not containing text, the text select tool won't work, and this is not an Acrobat issue.
In particular these kind of documents seem to be generated when you print a pop-up window (Ctrl-p, or right-click print) on certain web pages (UPS, for example) from within Google Chrome to PDF.
The easiest way to find out if you happen to have such a document is to open such a document in Acrobat Reader, go to File->Properties, Font tab. You should see that there are no or very few fonts listed, and in particular the fonts you see in the document are not there.
To copy and paste selected text in Adobe Reader X:
1. Choose Edit > Take Snapshot
2. Click and drag an area around the text you want to copy, then release the mouse button.
3. Press Esc to exit Snapshot mode.
4. In another application press Edit > Paste to paste the selected text.
I use to be able to open a tax map online (in pdf format), use the select tool to select and highlight the area around the lot I wanted to print and then "print selection" to print only that lot. Since upgrading to readerX I no longer have the select option. I understand that it's not text I am trying to select, rather I am trying to highlight and print just a portion of the document open on the page. However, it was something I did rather easily before making the mistake upgrading.
Is there anyway, now, that I can select which parts of the map I print?
I have the same type of issue: my doc is NOT a text doc, yet, before upgrading (I hadn't figured out 'til now that I had even upgraded! oops!) but now I can't select by the same procedure as I did before, which was exactly what Jopf12 describes.
That no longer works, and snapshots take an actual PICTURE, which doesn't allow me to copy & paste TEXT. Is there a way we can UN-Upgrade?
You can UN-upgrade by de-installing your current Adobe Reader, and then installing an older version. Adobe makes older versions of the reader available at:
At least with version 9.5 under Windows this will download a downloader that then downloads the actual reader software installer.