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    Copying text from a PDF into a Word document

    I attached the file in case my question related only to specific types of PDF files. Form the attached, I am trying to select text and paste it into a Word document. What I get however is text broken up by inserted extraneous returns, such as

    Text.png

    I have tried with both Nitro PDF and Foxit and gotten the same result. Isn't it possible to copy text directly from a PDF unformatted?

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    This is what I get copying it from pdf exchange. There is a hard return after each line in the original pdf.
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    So what's different? Yours came out as it should.

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    Chuck,

    When I copied and pasted, I got what you got. When I used my pdf software (Nitro 8) to convert the pdf to Word, the result looked a lot like jwitalka's.
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    BTW, maybe another reason to re-consider Office 2013. You can open PDFs for editing in Word. If the PDF contains many graphics it may not look the same in Word as it is converted to enable editing the text.

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    You have to select the text you want to copy with a text select tool first and then do the copy. It looked like you only selected only part way horizontally.

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    In this case, W2013 isn't the better choice. The pdf is an image that has been OCR'd to make it searchable. When W2013 opened it, both the image and the OCR text appeared on the page. The strange, spurious returns weren't there, though.
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    @Pam,

    True about the image but you if you need to you can go page by page and easily remove the image leaving the text.

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    I opened a pdf file (one I have on my computer) with Adobe Reader and highlighted a section, did a Ctrl C, then opened Word 2010 and paste the copied text using Ctrl V it went in as read in pdf file.

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    So then Pam, I would need a full-blown PDF editor to really do what I need? I'm surprised that there isn't a way to just copy the text. I would get it if it were losing empty lines, but *adding* them? Pooh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    So then Pam, I would need a full-blown PDF editor to really do what I need? I'm surprised that there isn't a way to just copy the text. I would get it if it were losing empty lines, but *adding* them? Pooh!

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    Rather than consider a full blown PDF editor, re-consider Office 2013. See post #5, #7 & #8. You can do what you want in Word 2013.

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    You might be right Joe, and I might end up going that WA. But I gotta tell you that firstly, it would bug the hell out of me to pay ad infinitum for just a feature or so, and secondly, perhaps unimportant to most, I think 2013 is even less visually pleasant than 2010, which, to me, was a definite decline from 2007.

    I dunno...I was just hoping I suppose that there was an "easy" answer here that wouldn't be quite such a major change or investment. So far, in the little reading I have done, editing PDF's is the only truly useful/necessary change or added capability for the average user -- and even that is a use that the average person wouldn't necessarily ever even apply.

    Maybe I'm missing something...have to look again I suppose.

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    If you want to know what's new from Microsoft's perspective see What’s new in Office 2013. At the bottom of the page there are links to "What's New" for individual programs.

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    Thanks Joe. Maybe I'll take a look-see, Maybe there's something there to justify the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    So then Pam, I would need a full-blown PDF editor to really do what I need? I'm surprised that there isn't a way to just copy the text. I would get it if it were losing empty lines, but *adding* them? Pooh!

    Chuck
    I don't understand. I thought you just wanted to copy text from a pdf into word. PDF Xchange and according to Pam Nitro 8 did that. What else do you need?

    Jerry

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