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Spotty highlighting/text selection for PDF

New Here ,
Apr 27, 2019 Apr 27, 2019

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Hi, on the latest version (Adobe Reader 2019.010.20099) I have issues selecting and highlighting text on some PDFs.  On a Chrome-based pdf viewer, however, I have no issue selecting the text, so I believe this is an Adobe Issue and NOT a PDF issue.  Is this a bug that needs to be fixed?

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Thanks for your help.

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New Here , May 07, 2019 May 07, 2019

Ok - I found the solution.  The issue was document structure tags, that typically are not properly created when conversion to PDF from other programs - in this case, Microsoft Powerpoint.  Either ensuring these are not included (i.e. uncheck document structure tags when creating a PDF in powerpoint) or compressing the PDF (removing the document structure tags) fixes the problem!

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May 07, 2019 May 07, 2019

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Ok - I found the solution.  The issue was document structure tags, that typically are not properly created when conversion to PDF from other programs - in this case, Microsoft Powerpoint.  Either ensuring these are not included (i.e. uncheck document structure tags when creating a PDF in powerpoint) or compressing the PDF (removing the document structure tags) fixes the problem!

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Thank you so much! I've been struggling with the same issue for months but could not find a solution by browsing the web. Finally, I found the right answer!

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