EaseUS PDF Editor

An all-in-one PDF editing software to create, manage and convert PDF files easily.

  • Easily merge, split, insert, extract, delete pages from PDF documents
  • Edit, compress, encrypt, sign, OCR, annotate PDF files with ease
  • Convert PDF files to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, images or vice versa
video editor

Top 6 Free Ways to Copy Text from PDF on Different Platforms

Jane Zhou updated on Aug 30, 2023 | Home > PDF Editor Tutorials | min read

Recently, Microsoft is making a change to its Microsoft Office branding. Microsoft Office is being renamed by Microsoft 365. After the official renaming, our article content will be updated accordingly.

People know that it is straightforward to copy, cut, and paste text from a Word document. However, when it comes to copying and pasting text from PDF files, it doesn't seem easy. Some PDFs are scanned to be not editable, and other PDF files are locked to protect some vital information like a research papers, online books, etc. Then how to copy text from PDF when you need some information or data in a PDF document?

Don't worry. This post will walk you through how to copy from PDF on different devices. No matter whether you are a computer or mobile user, you also can find the best solution here.

Part 1. How to Copy and Paste From PDF on Windows 10

If you want to copy information from your PDF file on Windows, these two Windows PDF editors may come in handy. One is EaseUS PDF Editor, and the other is Adobe Reader.

#1. Copy from PDF using EaseUS PDF Editor

This is an all-in-one PDF editor for Windows users. It's well known that scanned PDFs are usually not editable for various reasons, which makes it difficult to copy text from a scanned file. However, EaseUS PDF Editor can solve this problem since its OCR feature can turn an inactive PDF into editable. And all you need to do is select the words in PDF and choose the "Cut" or "Copy" option to extract them to your clipboard.

Besides that, this software can be used to remove restrictions from PDF so that you can even copy the text in a read-only PDF or password-protected PDF file. It also allows you to convert a PDF to Word or Excel document, and all the text in the PDF will become editable in Word/Excel, and it's convenient to copy a great number of words in this way.

Both elementary and advanced PDF editing tools are available in this software. Click on this button to download it for free.

How to Copy and Paste from PDF on Windows 10:

Step 1. First, launch EaseUS PDF Editor and click on Open to import the PDF document you want to edit.

Import PDF

Step 2. Once opened, choose the Edit option on the top toolbar. To edit the text in your PDF, just select the text in your file, and you can adjust the font, font color, position, character spacing, line spacing, and more. If needed, you can underline, strikethrough, and bold the text.

Edit PDF text - 1

Step 3. Besides, you are able to copy, paste, and delete the text you selected by right-clicking your mouse when you have chosen the text.

Copy and paste PDF text

Step 3. To export your edited PDF, just click File > Save.

Export PDF

#2. Copy Text from PDF with Adobe Reader

As one of the most popular PDF readers globally, Adobe Reader is the standard for viewing, annotating, and sharing PDF files. It enables you to create, view, convert, and share PDF files easily. Moreover, it lets you access the documents from anywhere on the go.

One of its advantages is the "Select Tool" it offers users, which is beneficial for those who don't know how to select and copy text in PDF. With its help, you can make the selection precisely. And the hotkeys enable you to copy and paste from PDF without any effort, and they ease the burden of people who need to repeat the operation from now and then.

How to Copy Text from PDF Document with Adobe Reader:

Step 1. Confirm that the text or content in the PDF copying is allowed. Open the PDF in Adobe Reader and right-click it to select the Document Properties option. Then click Security to see if content copying is allowed or not.

Step 2. Open a PDF file in Adobe Reader, and right-click on it to choose the Select Tool from the pop-up menu.

Select the Tool option

Step 3. Choose the text or other content you want to copy, then right-click on the highlighted part to choose the Copy option. Or you can press "Ctrl + C" on your keyboard to copy the items.

Copy text from pdf with Adobe Reader

Step 4. After copying the PDF text, you can open Microsoft Word and press "Ctrl + V" on your keyboard to paste the copied text.

Part 2. How to Copy Text from PDF Mac

For copying text from PDF on a MacBook, you don't need to download or install third-party programs, as there is a built-in tool called Preview.

Preview is a default program on your Mac that lets you view your various documents like images or PDF easily and quickly. While viewing PDF documents with it, you can do some basic editing work like copying and pasting. If you don't know how to copy the text in PDF, you can check the following tutorial.

Steps to Copy All PDF Text and Paste to Word/Excel on Mac:

Step 1. Launch Preview and click "File" > "Open" to select the PDF document.

Extract content from Pdf on mac

Step 2. Click the text selection button to choose the text you want to copy. You can click and drag your cursor over the text.

Step 3. After that, you can click "Edit" > "Copy" to copy your selected text.

Step 4. Open a new Word or Excel document and paste the copied content to it.

Part 3. How to Copy and Paste from PDF Online for Free

pdfFiller is a free online tool to help people who don't know how to copy text and paste from PDF. You only need to upload your PDF file, select the text part, and paste it for copying text. Besides that, you also can use it to edit, sign, and share your documents within a few simple clicks.

Copy text from PDF online

How to Copy Text in PDF Online for Free:

Step 1. Open pdfFiller and upload the PDF document that you want to copy the text from.

Step 2. Choose and highlight the text you want to copy, then right-click on it to select the "Copy" option.

Step 3. Next, you can go back to your account and paste the text or other content into your document.

Step 4. Once done, click the "Done" button to save your document on your computer.

Part 4. How to Copy Text from PDF in Mobile

If you want to copy or extract all the text from the PDF file on your Android or iOS phone, you can convert PDF to word directly. This part will show you two excellent applications to complete this task.

#1. Copy and Paste from PDF in Android 

PDF to Word Converter is a great application, which can turn your PDF files into editable word documents. You don't need to log in or leave other contact information while using it. It will preserve the same fonts, paragraphs, tables, and columns of your PDF file after converting, and then you can edit the content, extract text, or add some new items according to your needs.

Copy text from PDF on Android

How to Select Text in PDF and Copy it on Android:

Step 1. Download and open this PDF to word converter on your Android phone.

Step 2. Select the PDF file you want to copy the text from, and click the "Convert" button.

Step 3. When the conversion is completed, you can open the word document, select any content part flexibly, and choose the copy option to copy what you want.

#2. Copy Content from PDF on iPhone

easyPDF is a simple yet useful iOS PDF to Word converter. It allows you to convert PDF to Word from other iOS apps, including Adobe Reader, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud Drive, and Office without the internet. Apart from a PDF to Word app, it also offers you an easy way to create PDF files from the office.

easyPDF for iPhone

How to Select and Copy Text in PDF on iPhone:

Step 1. Download easyPDF and launch the app that contains your PDF file.

Step 2. Tap and hold the PDF attachment, then choose the "Open in easyPDF" option.

Step 3. Press the "Convert" icon to start turning PDF into Word. Once done, you can tap on the "Share" button to send it to the Word app for editing.

Step 4. After opening the Word document, you can freely select the text you need and copy it to your clipboard.

The Bottom Line

How to copy text from PDF on different platforms? This post has shared 6 easy and workable solutions to help you copy text or content from your PDF files on Windows/Mac/mobile/online. You can easily get the work done on your computer, mobile phone, and even in the browser.

For Windows users, EaseUS PDF Editor is great software as it's both versatile and lightweight. Its powerful OCR function helps you turn an inactive PDF into an editable so that you can freely copy any text from the file.

Copy Text from PDF FAQs

1. Why can't I Copy text from PDF?

The PDF document may have security settings that disallow copying. If it is, you cannot copy text from PDF.

2. How do I Copy text from a PDF to Word?

Select the text you want to copy, then press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to copy those words and paste them to the Word document.

3. How do I remove copy protection from a PDF?

If you use Adobe, open the PDF in Acrobat. Use the Unlock tool: Choose Tools > Protect > Encrypt > Remove Security.

About the Author

author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video/PDF editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

Read full bio

You May Be Also Interested in