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Selecting, copying, and pasting multiple text boxes in Acrobat DC

New Here ,
Oct 17, 2017 Oct 17, 2017

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I just upgraded from Adobe acrobat Pro to DC.  In the older version, I was able to select multiple text boxes at once, copy them, and past them without any problem.  I was also able to select multiple objects that I made (lines, etc), AND text boxes at the same time to copy and paste.  Under the older version, I selected multiple text boxes / objects by holding down the Ctrl key and selecting the multiple objects.  Now, I seem to only be able to select 1 text box at a time to copy and paste, and even so, I don't seem to be able to select any text boxes with objects at the same time to copy and paste.  If I hold the Ctrl key when I try to select multiple text boxes, it only reverts to the most recent text box, and that's it.  I am still learning DC and like many of the features that seemed to have improved upon the older versions, but not being able to use the multiple select feature in the newer version is confounding me.

Thanks for any help / answers.

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New Here , Dec 04, 2017 Dec 04, 2017

So I think I found the solution to this. You can't select multiple boxes by holding Ctrl and clicking on the actual text boxes. But you can by  clicking on the them in the "Comments List".

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New Here ,
Dec 04, 2017 Dec 04, 2017

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So I think I found the solution to this. You can't select multiple boxes by holding Ctrl and clicking on the actual text boxes. But you can by  clicking on the them in the "Comments List".

Comment List.jpg

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New Here ,
Jul 07, 2022 Jul 07, 2022

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For anyone else with this problem,

 

I am still looking for a better solution, but you can copy all the text in a highlighted area regardless of the division between text boxes by clicking the cursor button, highlighting the text, and hitting ctrl/cmd+c. Clicking the cursor button will force you out of the editing tool, so you have to click the edit button again before pasting it into a single text box, but this is the only reliable method I've discovered.

 

I hope this helps someone else, but please let me know if you find a better way 😊

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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Hi there

 

I am new to Adobe Acrobat, but I do use InDesign and Photoshop. All I can say is that I am shocked at how appalling this software is. I can't believe it is owned by the same company that produced tools like the aforementioned software.

 

But, I think I might have found a way to copy a section of a PDF by, essentially grouping the text and formatting and then pasting it into a new document or new page in the existing one. It's counter-intuitive, but it worked for me.

 

What I did was choose the crop tool from the edit PDF menu. In the crop tool I drew around the boxes I needed and then hit cmd+C (I use a mac). I then opened a new document and pasted this in and it was all there. Hope this is helpful.

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Oct 15, 2023 Oct 15, 2023

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Agreed. Acrobat in general -- but especially the new UI -- is incredibly cumbersome and not very intuitive. 

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