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How to Copy Text from a PDF (Easiest Way in 2024)

In this article, we will show you how to copy and paste from a PDF in just a few clicks. Simply follow the steps below.

How to Copy and Paste from a PDF

To copy text from a PDF, we will be using Lido, a spreadsheet built to simplify and automate repetitive spreadsheet tasks. You can create an account for free here:

Step 1: Create a new Lido spreadsheet from the Lido Files page.

After logging into your Lido account, navigate to the Lido Files page and click on "New File" to create a new spreadsheet. This will serve as your workspace for copying data from the PDF document.

Step 2: Open the PDF Importer tool from the File menu.

Go to the File menu located at the top of the Lido interface and select "Import from PDF" to launch the PDF Importer tool. This tool is specifically designed to facilitate the copying of data from PDF files into a structured spreadsheet format.

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Step 3: Upload the PDF document you want to copy text from.

Simply drag a PDF into the box or click to upload and choose the file from where it is saved on your computer.

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Step 4: Adjust the selection to the area of the text you want to copy and press "Extract data".

Once the PDF is uploaded, use the tool to highlight the text area you wish to copy. You can refine your selection by adjusting the corners of the selection box. Once satisfied, click "Extract data" to extract the text from the document.

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Step 5: Verify that you see the desired text and press "Insert at active cell".

Check the preview of the extracted text to ensure it's the correct segment and formatted accurately. If all looks good, click "Insert at active cell" to place the text into the spreadsheet, where each line of text is put into its own cell.

If you need to copy more text, click "Back" to return to the selection screen, or close the importer by clicking the "X" button if you're done.

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Step 6: Select the column of text in the spreadsheet and press Cmd-C on Mac or Ctrl-C on Windows.

Highlight the rows of text you want to copy by clicking Cmd-C on Mac or Ctrl-C on Windows.

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Step 7: Press Cmd-V on Mac or Ctrl-V on Windows in the place where you want to paste the text. 

Navigate to where you wish to paste the copied text, such as a blank Google Docs document. Simply press Cmd-V on a Mac or Ctrl-V on a Windows to paste the text.

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We hope you now have a better understanding of how to copy text from a PDF.

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