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How to cut and/or paste a selected area

New Here ,
Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

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In Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, I use the cursor to drag out a box and it turns blue:  

 

1)  How do I "cut" the selection?  

2)  I can "copy" the selection (or "copy with formatting") but how do I paste it elsewhere on same doc?

 

Yes these are the most basic of all possible commands.  No I am not 89 years old.  Yes I am an idiot.

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Edit and convert PDFs, General troubleshooting, How to, Scan documents and OCR

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 21, 2020 Feb 21, 2020

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You're not an idiot, you just don't understand (as many others) that Acrobat is NOT an editor in the same way that Word is, for example. PDF files were never meant to be edited in such an extensive way. You can try and do it using the Edit Text & Images tool, but you should expect a lot of issues in doing so. The real way of doing it is to go back to the original file format used to create the PDF file, edit it and then generate a new PDF file from it.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 21, 2020 Feb 21, 2020

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Hey there,

 

Would you mind sharing the exact tool/method used to for text selection? Its quite simple to do in few simple steps-

1- The very important thing to keep in mind is, the document you are working on, does it allow copying the content?

2- Use select tool to select the content you want to copy.

3- Right click and copy

 

Here is a help article for an older version of Acrobat Reader https://helpx.adobe.com/in/reader/11/using/copy-content-pdfs.html but its steps implies on both Acrobat and Reader DC

 

Kindly check the workflow and see what was missed.

 

Thanks,

Akanchha 

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Jul 19, 2021 Jul 19, 2021

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after you've selected and copied and the image is on your clipboard, then open the Edit PDF tool bar and click the Edit icon on the tool bar, then right click on the page and click Paste

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