It depends on the PDF. There are two different possibilities. If the PDF was created with text, then you can. Milly Fang offers good suggestions for how to do it. If a PDF was create with text, you will be able to drag your cursor, highlight text, and copy it into another file such as Word or Excel. If the PDF was created from an image, you will need to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert the image to text. This will have lots of errors and not work well. An example of converting a PDF from an image is when one scans a printout to PDF. It looks the same, but internally, itâs more like a photograph. Hereâs one way to tell which type of PDF you have. Blow it up. Zoom in 400x. If the characters still look sharp and smooth, you have text. If the text is blurry and fuzzy, you have an image (jpg). If the text is sharp but the edges are irregular and there are random black dots, you have an image (png).
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