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. šŸ˜‰

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. šŸ™‚



Feel free to ask something in comments if you are stuck somewhere. šŸ™‚

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

Link: Download Hello PDF Software


karissa August 18, 2009

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

Thesis customization August 18, 2009

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…

sauravjit August 18, 2009

Your welcome Karissa and Harsh šŸ™‚


Impossible is nothing šŸ˜‰

a medina August 26, 2009

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. šŸ™‚

sauravjit August 26, 2009

@a medina

I like the quote too šŸ˜‰

Richie S September 10, 2009

Umm. Not working for me. šŸ™

Sauravjit Singh September 11, 2009

Just download,convert and open….

Melvin James December 15, 2009

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

Sandeep Singh Rawat January 3, 2010

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.

Sauravjit March 6, 2010

Try using another secured pdf file.

needhelp May 20, 2010

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 June 12, 2010

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.

Sauravjit June 22, 2010

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

sameer October 17, 2010

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

bharat April 15, 2011

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

Sauravjit April 15, 2011

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

Aparna June 10, 2011

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.

Sauravjit June 10, 2011

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

Rajesh August 7, 2011

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

Sauravjit August 8, 2011

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

ankit July 13, 2012

Works like charm…. thanks

Dave July 27, 2012

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 October 1, 2012

use PDF merger software, merge PDF and enjoy