How To Copy Text from PDF Documents using Google in 3 steps

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Have you ever tried to copy text from a pdf document and found that the order in which the text is copied from the pdf document is not the same as it is displayed?

Have you ever tried to copy only the text from a pdf without the graphics in the same order as it is represented visually in the pdf document?

Here is a little trick Your Web AddiCT uses when pdf documents are created using programs that create sloppy scripting syntax: Use Googles Cache.

How exactly would you use Google’s cache of a pdf to copy the text? Let’s say, for example, you wanted to copy the pdf of the African ICT Achievers awards winners found at www.thepresidency.gov.za/learning/cell_tech.pdf

Simply type the following into the Google Search bar: cache:www.thepresidency.gov.za/learning/cell_tech.pdf, click search and the cached version of the pdf document will be displayed for easy copy/pasting .

Copying text from a PDf using Google’s cache in 3 steps:

  1. Find the URL of the PDF document.
  2. enter ‘cache:URLofPDF’ in Google search and hit enter.
  3. Copy and paste text from the pdf.

A free and Easy way to copy text without having to download a pdf or needing ANY software on your computer.

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