I just ran into a problem where I couldn’t copy text from a PDF file. Normally, I can highlight text, copy it, and paste it elsewhere. But for this one particular PDF file, I was unable to do so.
The way I got around this was by uploading the file to Google Docs. Google Docs converted the text to a format that I could copy and paste. Here are the instructions:
- Sign in or create your Google Docs account: http://www.google.com/docs
- Click the “Upload” link.
- Select your file to upload.
- In the check box, make sure you check the selection: “Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents.”
- Click “Start Upload.”
- Once you have done this, click on the link and the text from the PDF file should now be in text format that you can copy and paste.