How to Deconstruct a PDF File to Import Into Another Application

by Margaret Martin

A PDF (Portable Document Format) is a type of image file, similar to a ‎photograph.There are two options for deconstructing the PDF to import into ‎another application. You can copy a block of text from your PDF and make ‎changes to it in your new document. You can also copy and import the ‎different parts of a PDF into another document where they will appear as ‎individual image files that can't be changed. Examples of PDF readers you ‎might use for this task are Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader and PDF-XChange Viewer.

Copy A Block of Text Into Another Application

1

Click the "Select" Tool in your menu bar. Place ‎the cursor at the start of the text you want to copy.

2

Left click without releasing and drag the cursor so it highlights the text block ‎you want to copy. Release the mouse click. Your text is now highlighted. Press Ctrl+C to copy ‎the text onto your Clipboard.‎

3

Open the application you want to copy your text into and place the cursor ‎where you want the text to appear. Press Ctrl+V to past your text into the file. You can then edit ‎and reformat it as you would any other text.‎

4

Repeat Steps 1-3 for each text block within the PDF you want to copy.

Copy and Import Image Files to Another Document‎

1

Click on the camera icon in the PDF program's toolbar. Your cursor will appear as a little plus sign.

2

Move the cursor to one corner of the first section you want to copy. Left click without releasing ‎and drag the cursor so it creates a box around everything you want to include in your first image. ‎Release the mouse. You now have a copy of this image saved on your Clipboard.‎

3

Open the application you want to paste your image into and put your cursor ‎where you want the image to appear. Press Ctrl+V. Your image will appear and you can ‎format it the way you would any photo or object.‎

4

Repeat Steps 1-3 for each section of the PDF you want to copy. You can also copy ‎the entire PDF in this way

Tips

  • check If you don't see your tool icons, the toolbar is probably hidden. To see it, click on the "View" ‎menu, choose "Toolbars" and then click on the toolbar you want to see.
  • check If the toolbars are showing but you aren't sure which icon to use, move your cursor ‎over each one and its name will appear.‎

About the Author

Margaret Martin began writing in 1985. Her writing has appeared in local newspapers. She is a former middle school language arts teacher. Martin practiced massage therapy and taught yoga for 16 years, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in ‎political science from the University of Vermont.‎

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