Working with PDF files can sometimes be tricky. You cannot modify their content, not even copying the text or images inside for some cases. In this article, I am going to show you two, very useful, tricks that you should know if you are working with PDF files. First of all, I am going to teach you how to copy text from a secured PDF file. Second, I will show you how to merge images into one PDF file.
How to copy text from a SECURED PDF file
To copy text from a SECURED PDF file all you need to have installed on your computer is the Google Chrome internet browser. No other special converter or dedicated website is needed. Just follow the below steps:
- How to recognize a SECURED PDF file
A PDF file is SECURED if it actually has the word “SECURED” written in its title.
Another way to tell if a PDF file is SECURED or not is to try to copy/paste some text or image from it. You will notice that you don’t have the “copy” option in the menu when you right-click on the selected text.
2. How to copy text from a SECURED PDF file
- If it is a PDF file that you check online then save it on your computer.
- Open the PDF file in the Google Chrome internet browser. You can either drag and drop it or right click on it and go to “Open with” menu.
- Press the “Print” button.
- In the pop-up window under the “Destinations” tab, press the “Change…” button. Choose the “Save to PDF“option and place the file in the desired location.
- Open the newly saved PDF file and try to copy/paste some text. You will notice that the “Copy” option is displayed when you right-click on a selected text.
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How to combine multiple images into one PDF file
If you ever had to place some separately scanned documents in the same PDF file then you will definitely find the below suggestions useful.
Put the pictures in the desired order, select them all and right click on them. From the pop-up menu choose the “Print” option.
In the Print Pictures windows that is displayed select the “Microsoft Print to PDF” option under “Printer“. You can access the “Options…” button in order to switch from Landscape view to Portrait view.
Note: please check below what to do if the “Microsoft Print to PDF” option is not available for you.
After you finish setting how your final PDF file should look like just press “Print“. The Save window will appear and you will be able to save your PDF file.
How to add Microsoft Print to PDF option
If the “Microsoft Print to PDF” option is not available, you can add it in a few steps. First, choose the “Install Pinter…” option. Then follow the steps in the pictures below.
First, choose the “Install Printer…“.
As this will be a virtual printer you will not be able to see it in the list provided by the auto discovery wizard. Press the “The printer that I want isn’t listed” link.
Go for the “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings“.
Use an existing port and choose the “FILE: (Print to File)” option.
For the driver choose “Microsoft” as a Manufacturer and “Microsoft Print To PDF” as a printer.
Go for the recommended option.
Set the name of the printer, click Next and wait for the printer to get installed.
Once the installation is done you will see the printer listed in the “Printer” menu.
Images are not the only ones that can be saved as PDF files. Any document that can be sent to a physical printer can be converted into a PDF file this way.