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Copy paste from pdf without the formatting

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Sep 03, 2010

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I've never understood how to copy and paste from pdf to word without getting the line return characters which mess up the formatting. Why doesn't text flow from line to line as it does in a normal word processor? Why does adobe insist on copying the newline character when you paste from pdf to another application?

This must be the dumbest feature in the world.

If there's a way to copy and paste from a pdf in plain text, without line breaks, please please tell me how. Thanks

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Copy paste from pdf without the formatting

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I've never understood how to copy and paste from pdf to word without getting the line return characters which mess up the formatting. Why doesn't text flow from line to line as it does in a normal word processor? Why does adobe insist on copying the newline character when you paste from pdf to another application?

This must be the dumbest feature in the world.

If there's a way to copy and paste from a pdf in plain text, without line breaks, please please tell me how. Thanks

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Mar 29, 2011

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I don't know a way to do it right out of Adobe, but you can use this tool to do what you're asking:  http://www.textfixer.com/tools/remove-line-breaks.php.  I routinely have to copy and paste pdf material for the web for a non-profit I work for, and I use that tool every time because it works so well.  Plus it's free.  If you find out how to do it without using a third-party tool let me know!

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You are my new hero.  This worked like a charm.  Thanks!

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or you can run this application in the background, you can also exit if you want. It's amazing, I never had any safety issues.

Fix Copy-and-Pasting in PDFs - Blog - One Hour Programming - Programming for the Rest of Us

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OMG - this is amazing - thank you thank you. they NEED to build this into InDesign!

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Its an old question but I found another way. in Adobe Acrobat you can go to

File/Save as/ Word or Excel Online

At least it filters out the breaks and you can smoothly copy past. Manual line breaks cannot be filtered out but it saves a lot of  time. Especially if you have to copy to html. When you copy the text out it keeps even the ul and li tags so it is ready to go online wihtout extra making bullet point afterwords.

Textfixer is also ok but then you have to make bullet point manually. If you copy text out of a pdf with bulletpoints its not well formated for import into html and you have to make the bulltet points afterwords again. So try first my first descriped method with exporting to Word.

We first lost a lot of time with the Textfixer Method. However, make it better

Keep up

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Feb 24, 2017

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gimmilow  wrote

Its an old question but I found another way. in Adobe Acrobat you can go to

File/Save as/ Word or Excel Online

That requires a subscription to the PDFPack...

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There's an easier way -

Right click on the selected text in acrobat, select copy with formatting. When you paste into word, it will paste the text without all the annoying paragraph breaks in every line.

I'm not sure if this also works in Adobe Reader or not.

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Ten years later & it's still stupid. I know there are workarounds, but... really?

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Paste the text into a plain-text editor and use search & replace to remove line-breaks.

When you copy text it copies what is there. If there's a line-break, it will copy that, too. The issue is with applications that add line-breaks when creating PDF files in the first place, which is not necessary (and doesn't do anything, anyway).

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