{copy-paste} is about copying text and other elements from one place (often a PDF file) and allowing it to be pasted. Searching for text (in a PDF file) is a process closely related to copying because both use the OCR (optical character recognition) layer in the PDF file.

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Cannot copy text from the simplest PDF file?

Consider the following code: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} We define multiplication by $$v_1x = 0,\quad v_2x = v_1,\quad v_1y = -v_1,\quad v_2y = v_1$$ \end{document} which looks ...
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Copy Paste on Latex [closed]

I can not copy and paste text from Latex itself, nor from nowhere else. I have shecked the hotkeys and they do not inclue CRTL + C nor CRTL + V. Could you please help ? thank you !!
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Unwanted space around punctuation in copied & pasted listing

When I compile the .tex file below into .pdf using rubber -d mwe.tex and try to copy & paste the contents of the listing, I get spaces around . characters that were not present in the original ...
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Symbols do not copy correctly from latex pdf to ms word

I have text containing 3 symbols in pdflatex and produce pdf. It is OK. Then i copy these symbols and paste in MS word 2013 and have another symbols or from one symbols two are produced: Before ...
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Not possible to search for umlaute in LaTeX [duplicate]

I am using \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} so I am able write umlaute inside the tex file, but I can't search for a word that contains umlaute inside the compiled pdf. Is this a "bug" inside LaTeX or do ...
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Green cursor in ShareLaTeX - Lost functionalities

After some weeks working with ShareLaTeX, the cursor has turned green. This wouldn't be a great concern but since then I am unable to Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V chunks of text in my text file when I am ...
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How to make Æ Ø Å copyable from the PDF output [duplicate]

When building a PDF file with LaTeX the character å gets uncopyable. It only results in ̊a when copied. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[norsk]{babel} \begin{document} Try copying ...
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Make pdflatex output UTF-8 copy-pasteable when using Times font

I would like to use Adobe Times Roman font or its equivalent (like URW Nimbus Roman and fonts based on it), compiling with pdflatex to PDF -- the original intent was to have PDF smaller by using ...
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Copy-Paste error in LaTeX

When I try to copy some text from a Word page or pdf an paste it to LaTeX, I get the error below. Any idea how to fix this? PS: I am using LaTeX on a Mac While the text which I typed my self works ...
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When I convert a PDF to plain text, the text is scrambled [duplicate]

When I convert a PDF created in MiKTeX to plain text, all diacritics are at the wrong place. I need to send my thesis to online antiplagiator checking page. Example: pr´ce a diskusia mˆˇu tvorit ...
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Problems with copy and paste from PDF using lstlisting

I'm using lstlisting to create course notes from which I am hoping that code can be copy&paste'd I've already implemented the suggestions in Phantom spaces in listings (pdf) to make sure that ...
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Can or will pdf with MinionPro produced by ps2pdf allow to search for words with ligatures, such as “final”?

This is either a question or an encouragement, depending on the situation. If a pdf typeset with latex and made into a pdf with ps2pdf contains the word "final", searching for that word in the pdf ...
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Copying from PDF gives crypted string [duplicate]

I got a book for "Lebensmittelanalytik" as a PDF. When I copy anything in the PDF I get strings like this: bflyflNSMàTTflLxNxLYTàü. I tried to compile it with LaTeX and the pdfpages package, but it ...
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How to protect a PDF generated via LaTeX [duplicate]

I've seen several questions similar to this one, but mine is how I can protect my PDF: Extract contents. Print. And, eventually, customize all the meta tag.
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How can I maintain TeX code layout when pasting into a LyX ERT inset?

When I paste TeX code from a text editor in an ERT inset in a LyX document, the text layout from the text editor is lost, I have to enter the newlines and the tabulations manually in order to regain ...
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mmap/cmap problem: text in equations is not properly copy-pastable

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage[noTeX]{mmap} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[english]{babel} \begin{document} $(A\to B)\vdash B$ sample text ...
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Copy from PDF without line breaks at end of each line

When I produce the PDF, open it and copy the paragraph into notepad, there is a forced line break at the end of every line in the PDF. Is there a way to get over this, so that I can copy the paragraph ...
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TeXnicCenter: Copying compilation errors [to google]

When a compilation error occurs in TeXnicCenter 2.02, I would like to copy it from the "Build Output" window [to google] So far I'm failing to do so, having to type manually the error description. ...
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Is it possible to produce a PDF with un-copyable text?

Is it possible to produce a PDF with un-copyable text? I mean, when you want to copy text from the PDF, you can't copy it or what you copy is nonsense characters.
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Cut and Paste Non-Math Text from MS Word to a .tex file

I am helping a friend use LaTeX to generate a book of short stories. The stories are received from the authors in MS Word -- unfortunately that is only text editor most of the world knows. There is no ...
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How to use cmap to create an un-copyable pdf with pdftex?

For some reason I want to create a pdf with an un-copyable text. There is a solution which manipulates the font. It's from an older post(see Is it possible to produce a PDF with un-copyable text?): % ...
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How to copy/paste multiple spaces from lstlistings?

This is a continuation of a question that I asked already: How to copy/paste from lstlistings?. The solution presented there does not work if the text within the lstlistings environment contains ...
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How can I preclude copying & pasting of listings?

When I include code snippets in my documents, my lazier readers, i.e. students :), are often tempted to just copy and paste those snippets instead of typing them themselves. However, there are risks ...
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Viewer-independent copyable spaces at the beginning of a line?

I need to include a couple of Python code listings, where the indentation of the lines (using some number of spaces) is significant. I would like for the code listings to be copyable, so the spaces at ...
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Copy/Pastable output in Friggeri's CV

I'm rather new to TeX, but I find the editor a great tool and I'm starting to use it as much as I can - love the clean output you can achieve with it! Speaking about outputs, I have a problem when ...
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Copy to clipboard using Javascript macro

I'm pretty inexperienced with Javascript, especially within LaTeX, so I'd like some pointers, guidance or even an MWE of my proposed "button": I want to create a button to copy data to the system ...
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copy and reuse the content of an environment

is there a way to embed an text in several environments (or structures, \chapter, \section etc.) in one file and "copy"/insert the content of single environment items in other files? i've noticed the ...
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Script to extract and copy from LaTeX files

I have a large LaTeX document, one main and a lot of \input{file} for each chapter. For each of these files I would like to copy them and only keep the Theorems, in other words I'd like to extract and ...
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What are good ways to make pdflatex output copy-and-pasteable?

One frequent aspect of pdflatex output that could be improved is to what extent one can select text output from the generated pdf-file and copy-and-paste it. This is essentially an issue of having the ...
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What can cause generated PDF document whose text are not correctly copyable?

I was wondering why some PDF documents compiled from some LaTeX code does not make its text correctly copyable, i.e. what you can get is nonsense text? For example, this pdf document (I don't have the ...
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Embed all fonts by “exporting as PDF”, but cannot copy text any more?

I am using Fontin as the font style and XeLaTeX my document. In order to ensure every computer can display the font style correctly, I decided to re-export the document as PDF with Mac Preview so that ...
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How to mantain verse indendation and numbering when copy from PDF

I am trying to adapt this answer to produce the same result with a verse environment: I want to be able to copy a poem out of a PDF maintaining its indentation (numbering included) as typeset in the ...
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Copy to clipboard feature in PDF output

I want a clickable copy to clipboard feature in my PDF document. Ideally the macro also allows for graphical elements to be embedded inside them (say, a button that will automatically copy paste ...
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Copy verse out of pdf mantaining margin structure [closed]

I use LaTeX to nicely typeset poems with the package verse. Here a MWE \documentclass{article} \usepackage{verse} \verselinenumbersleft \poemlines{2} \setlength{\vrightskip}{-3em} ...
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How can I make the copied-pasted text from an pdflatex output still readable/compilable by pdflatex?

The issue I compile a latex document which contains accents ("é" for instance), then I copy the text from the pdf generated by pdflatex. Then, I paste this text to my latex file. The resulting file ...
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Create alternative uppercase text automatically with accsupp

This is a follow-up question to Is it possible to provide alternative text to use when copying text from the PDF?. I am essentially trying to redefine textsc/scshape in order to use accsupp ...
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How can I repeat some commands before each paragraph?

I have to use EasyBib to make my bibliography, and I've put it into my LaTeX document by copying/pasting. But I need to have a hanging indent for each item. I've been able to get the effect I want ...
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How to insert searchable value for PDF reader?

In a dictionary a headword can consist of special characters like in this example : Eyja·fjalla··jök|ull. I would like to achieve that the user in PDF reader in PDF file can search for ...
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How to produce unicode copyable alternative text? (with accsupp)

In the following example, I can't manage to make accsupp store the unicode alternative text. The resulting PDF looks as expected but the copyable text is not the correct one. I tried this with ...
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MinionPro and Searchability/Encoding

I'm using pdflatex with the MinionPro package. The PDF looks fine, but apparently some characters (specifically "W" and the "Th" ligature) are put in the PDF in a way that breaks searchability. For ...
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Make a command to mark a text and class them for text analyze

Sorry for my English, I'm French and it's my first post on this forum, but I'm a frequent visitor of this forum, thanks for all ;) My problem is this : I'm working with transcriptions of 35 ...
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obfuscate latex->pdf document [duplicate]

Is there any package that can easily allow you to obfuscate a Latex->PDF generated document such that copy-paste is not longer possible and produces random letters for instance. And if yes, is it ...
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Protect footnotemarks from selection in pdf

Inspired by this question i used accsupp to protect the headers of my pdf from being copied which works nicely so far. I tried to do the same thing for the footnotemarks which hasn't worked so far. ...
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Is there a LaTeX trick to prevent a PDF viewer from copying the line number?

A PDF output is obtained by compiling the following code. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage{listings} \lstset { language={[LaTeX]TeX}, numbers=left, ...
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How to make text copy in PDF previewers ignore lineno line numbers?

I'm using lineno for a document. I have it configured to put line numbers in the margins of the document. I generate PDF using pdflatex. Here's the problem: when people copy a region of text in a ...
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How to make ligatures searchable and copiable in LuaTeX? [closed]

I have a problem with ligatures in LuaLaTeX when using the font Adobe Minion Pro. The fi ligature displays fine but is neither searchable nor copiable. If I copy it, I get some Asian character. ...
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How to copy/paste from Word to LaTeX avoiding error?

With a few school mates, we have written a report in Word/Google Drive. I would like to format it in LaTeX. However, when I copy paste I see that certain characters are not as usual and trigger ...
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How do I encode foreign characters so that they are searchable in the resultant PDF file?

This may be a PDF problem rather than a LaTeX problem, but as it involves pdfLaTeX output I'm hoping I won't get my wrist slapped too hard. I'm creating a bibliography, and inevitably some of the ...
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Copy/paste an existing (Word *.doc) 'pretty looking' bibliography into LaTeX

How can I add the list of references into LaTeX? I have a formatted references list in Word and would like to use it in LaTeX. I do not need the connections/the reference in the text itself (cite). ...
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Automated copy and paste?

I have found a program that can convert PDF to LaTeX, and so I have .tex files of various math textbooks. I want to make a list of theorems from the book, and so I have been manually copying and ...