Copy content from PDFs

Copy text and images from PDFs

You can easily copy content in Reader, unless the PDF author has applied security settings that disallow copying.

Confirm that content copying is allowed

  1. Right-click the document, and choose Document Properties.

  2. Click the Security tab, and review the Document Restrictions Summary.

Copy specific content from a PDF

  1. Right-click the document, and choose Select Tool from the pop-up menu.

  2. Drag to select text, or click to select an image.

  3. Right-click the selected item, and choose Copy.

Copy an entire PDF (Windows Reader application only, not browser)

 Choose Edit > Copy File to Clipboard.

Copy an area of a PDF (Reader application only, not browser)

The Snapshot tool copies an area as an image that you can paste into other applications.
  1. Choose Edit > Take a Snapshot.

  2. Drag a rectangle around the area you want to copy, and then release the mouse button.

  3. Press the Esc key to exit Snapshot mode.

In another application, choose Edit > Paste to paste the copied image.