I open a pdf file in Chrome webbrowser. I can't copy some text out of the pdf file by selecting and Ctrl-c. How shall I do then? Thanks.

For example, opening up this link in chrome https://www.kevinsheppard.com/images/0/09/Python_introduction.pdf

I get two different results on page 1. The first one doesn't show "copy" after selection and right click, while the second does. I think maybe I don't use it correctly?

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  • Is this all PDFs or just some? Maybe the PDF has been "secured" - Restricted documents are often protected against copying. If you can’t highlight or copy any text, then the document has been restricted. – DavidPostill Dec 17 '14 at 21:36
  • all pdf files.... – Tim Dec 17 '14 at 21:43
  • The solution seems to use adobe reader, which I don't want to have on Ubuntu. Update my post. – Tim Dec 17 '14 at 21:52
  • Works fine here (Windows 7 64 bit, latest chrome). Confirmed pdf is not protected. Can copy as expected. – DavidPostill Dec 17 '14 at 22:03

By appending the URL to the Google Drive Viewer service -


..I was able to view the PDF & copy text from that file


You probably can't Ctrl+C because a) it's copy protected, and/or b) is a picture of some text and not actual (selectable) text.

Take a screen-shot of it, feed it through some OCR solution (example service), copy text and correct anything the OCR didn't recognize properly.

  • happens to all pdf files. – Tim Dec 17 '14 at 21:43
  • See my update... – Tim Dec 17 '14 at 21:51

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