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Copy text from copy-protected PDF






To prevent text from being copied uncontrolled from a PDF and then pasted into other documents, some authors provide the files with copy protection. We’ll show you how you can still copy text from copy-protected PDF.

However, this is not an insurmountable obstacle. The easiest way to bypass this protection is to make a copy of the document. To do this, open the PDF in your browser by right-clicking on it in Windows Explorer. Now go to “Open with” in the context menu and select a browser from the list below. In the test, this worked very well with Firefox, Edge and Opera. Only Chrome had difficulty viewing the PDFs. In the next step, open the dialog for printing the displayed page in the browser and set the printer to “Save as PDF”. After clicking on “Print”, the browser creates a copy of the PDF, which in most cases no longer has copy protection. It works the same way with many alternative PDF viewers.

The small freeware tool Capture2text offers extensive configuration options. For example, the key combination for the start can be set largely freely.

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The small freeware tool Capture2text offers extensive configuration options. For example, the key combination for the start can be set largely freely.

The freeware Capture2text offers another option. After installation, the program is located in the lower right corner of the taskbar and can then be activated using a key combination of your choice. In the following, you can draw a frame over any text area. Capture2text processes the text with an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) module and copies it to the Windows clipboard. From there you can then paste it into a word processor such as Word, the Windows Editor or other programs.

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