Conversion of a File from PDF to Text

How to Convert a File from PDF to Text Format

Before knowing how to convert a file from PDF to Text format, we will know what a PDF is. PDF(Portable Document Format) is a file format created by Adobe Systems for the purpose of Document Exchange. Two-dimensional documents are represented in a way independent of application software, hardware, operating system using PDF. Each PDf file is comprised of a complete description of a fixed-layout 2D document(including text), fonts, images and 2D vector graphics that make up the document.

Conversion of a File from PDF to Text

Steps Involved in Converting a File from PDF to Text Format :

There are two ways in which you can convert a file from PDF to text.

Method I: Copy the text and paste it into a Text Editor.

The steps involved here are:
Step 1: Open the PDF file.Choose the ‘Selection’ tool from the “Tools” menu.
Step 2: Highlight the areas you want to copy.
Step 3: Copy the highlighted areas and paste in Text Editor like Microsoft Word.

Method II : Use a conversion software, for eg. a PDF-Text Extractor.

The steps involved here are:
Step 1: Start the conversion software and open the PDF file in it.
Step 2: Select the option ‘Extract’text from theTool bar.You select ‘Extract Pages’ also.
Step 3: After extracting the file, save it in your desired location.

To extract text from PDF using PDF-Text Extractor, the file should be formatted to contain text and not just images.

Important Note: The text formatting may be lost and you have to reformat the text again in the Text Editor.