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TIP 82: Selecting Text in a PDF

If you need to reuse content on a PDF document, but you didn't create it and you can't get a copy of the source document, you can use Acrobat's tools to select and repurpose the content. Sometimes you'll want to combine pieces from several PDFs into a single document, in which case it's much more efficient to work with the PDF files rather than the source material.

Master of the Mouse… and the Keyboard

The more you click, the more you select:

  • Double-click a word to select it.

  • Triple-click to select a line of text.

  • Quadruple-click to select all the text on a page.

To add text letter by letter, press Shift and an arrow key in the direction you want to add text (for example, to add text at the end of a selection, press the right arrow key). To speed things up a bit and add text one word at a time, press Shift-Ctrl or Shift+Command and the arrow key. The selection doesn't stop at the end of a line but continues at the start of the next line.



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