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So I have this massive manual from work that I want to print out but to save ink I want to remove all the unnecessary objects (pictures, background, fancy fonts etc) and have a black and white copy.

Kind of like removing the .css from a webpage and only leaving the structure behind.

Is there any way to go about this with Adobe Acrobat? Take note that I have quite a few data tables.

Any alternative software is fine. E.g. converting to another format.

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If you only want the text from the document, you could use Microsoft Word's 'paste special' feature:

  1. Open the manual you want to copy
  2. Select what you need (or do Ctrl+A to select the whole lot)
  3. Open Word
  4. Go Paste->Paste Special
  5. Select "Unformatted text"
  6. Click OK.
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This is super cool! – pratnala Mar 22 '13 at 12:39
@meiryo if this answered your question, could you please mark it as accepted? :) – TheTurkey Apr 23 '13 at 10:45

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