Copy Text from Secured PDF Files [How-to]

Want to make assignment for your school or college? Then all you need is an internet connection because the internet is full of e-books on almost every topic you want. But what most of the people do is that they read text from such E-books available online and type it again on MS word as these e-books are secured or protected and cannot be copied. Secured e-books are obviously good for the author as it helps to reduce the piracy of books from original authors, but if you want to use it for your own work then just follow these simple steps to copy contents from such protected PDF files. 😉

Steps for Copying Text from PDF Files

  1. Download any PDF-to-word converter which converts .pdf files to .doc files. One such tool is available here for free.
  2. Install the software on your PC by double clicking on the set-up (Hello PDF in our case).
  3. Click Browse (shown by the arrow above) and select your PDF file, then click to convert it into your word file. It’s better to keep the other option as it is.
  4. Edit, Copy or do whatever changes you want to do in your word file. You can even add images to it. 🙂



Feel free to ask something in comments if you are stuck somewhere. 🙂

(Kindly do NOT use this trick for removing the credits of original author)

Link: Download Hello PDF Software

Author: sauravjit

An Engineer, Blogger, Photographer who loves Coffee, Driving, Apple & iPhone ♥

  • thank you for sharing, i did not know this was possible, and it takes seconds and works like a charm!

  • Hey Cool tip Sauravjit. Its been long time I’m visiting DW and I feel sorry for myself that I missed so many cool stuff…

  • Your welcome Karissa and Harsh 🙂


    Impossible is nothing 😉

  • a medina

    Grateful for your tips Sir. Your site is very useful. Thanks!

    “Impossible is nothing”, is from an Adidas T-shirt quoted by Justine Henin. I like the statement. 🙂

  • @a medina

    I like the quote too 😉

  • Umm. Not working for me. 🙁

  • @Richie
    Just download,convert and open….

  • Melvin James

    @Sauravjit, it could convert PDF to Word, but seems that it doesn’t work for secured PDF file.

  • Sandeep Singh Rawat

    The steps mentioned above are very much clear for normal files but if pdf file is secured, then it will show error message once you upload the pdf file by clicking Browse button and then clicking “convert to word document” button. Something like “invalid pdf file xyz.pdf.

    • Try using another secured pdf file.

  • needhelp

    I have some things written on blurb and now i want to put those things in word, shortest and fastest way if possible how do i do that. i been trying snag it but i dont understand that concept fully

  • kamal

    i have one pdf file. but i am unable to copy text from that pdf file. i think the file is copy secure how can i copy text.

    • This is exactly what the above post defines, read it carefully and drop a comment if you get stuck somewhere 🙂

  • sameer

    i know this pdf is secured…by converting it to doc i get only photos which are in the text

  • bharat

    ITs work but the alligment of the pages are not perfect after converting it to word file

    • Paste it to notepad first to remove its property, then copy text from there.

  • Aparna

    When I try to upload my secured pdf file, it says the file is encrypted or corrupted. This is the same for all the pdf file I want to convert. Please help.

    • Hello Aparna, please close the software and try uploading another file first. I think the first file you are trying to upload is corrupted.

  • Doesn’t work for password protected files, like bank statements. have a solution?

    • It’s not possible Rajesh, a bank statement is a highly confidential thing.

  • ankit

    Works like charm…. thanks

  • Dave

    GT Text is also a good program.
    You snapshot the pdf area you want the text,
    copy to GT Text and there it copies the text

    • RAj

      use PDF merger software, merge PDF and enjoy