How-to: Copy content from a PDF file in original format

It is not that simple to paste the content of a PDF document into Word. Either you get the raw text only, or the images are aligned at the wrong place. You want to get PDF cuts in their original format? Get to know the Adobe Reader snapshot tool.

Adobe Reader Snapshot Tool

With the hidden snapshot tool, you can copy contents from PDF documents as images. Here is how it works:

  1. Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader, and switch to the interesting page.
  2. Click Tools > Select and zoom > Snapshot Tool.
  3. Click and drag a selection frame around the area you want. It will be copied into your clipboard.
  4. You can now insert the snapshot into any other Windows application by using Edit > Paste or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V, for example into a Word document. There, it will look just like the original in your PDF file.


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