{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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Making equations copyable in pdf

I would like to write a .pdf, where my readers could copy the rendered formulae and paste them directly in their TeX documents. And the copied text would automatically be: \int x\sin ...
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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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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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Small-caps, old-style numbers, and some ligatures produce odd symbols in PDF copy text?

This is a problem I've had consistently with XeLaTeX. Here's a small example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont[Ligatures=TeX,Numbers={OldStyle,Proportional}]{Minion Pro} ...
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Making “C♯” on my resume searchable

As discussed on How to make the correct hash-symbol in C Sharp, I chose to render the name of the C# language on my resume as C$^\sharp$ I'd like to keep that typographical touch. But I'm afraid ...
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Make ligatures in Linux Libertine copyable (and searchable)

I'm currently working on an essay written in LaTeX form. I'm facing problems with ligatures - in my pdf output (rendered using pdftex) opened in Adobe Reader I get X's and V's when copy-pasting words ...
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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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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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Make hyphenated words in PDF searchable

Is there a way to make hyphenated words in a PDF generated by LuaTeX searchable? If the MWE below is converted to a PDF, searching for "lexicon" (in Acrobat X for example) will not find the word since ...
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Is it possible to prevent some part of text (headers, footers) from selection?

I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to prevent some parts of the final pdf file (header, footer) from being selected and copied. It is to allow easier quoting of longer parts of texts from ...
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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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Are there any (La)TeX editors that accept pasting rich text?

If I copy text to the clipboard from a PDF file, web page, email, or Word document and then paste it to Word or Thunderbird, it is recognized as rich text and converted to Word's or Thunderbird's ...
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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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Remove hyphen from word spanning two lines in text copied from a pdf file

If I copy text from a PDF and a word is hyphenated and spans two lines, the copied text contains the "-". For example: Examp- le should be copied as Example not Examp-le The problem is ...
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How to fix missing or incorrect mappings from glyphtounicode.tex

glyphtounicode.tex has been described as the best solution for generating copy-and-pasteable symbols. However, I find that various symbols that I need to use do not paste as the appropriate Unicode ...
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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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How to produce character-by-character-pastable visual output that is a function of the (intended-to-paste-as-such) source code input?

Note: The original phrasing of my question was this: How to use accsupp to produce all-upercase in the visual output from input that should paste in its original, ordinary-case form? However I think a ...
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Can we make ligatures copy-and-pastable? [duplicate]

Is there a straightforward way to make ligatures more copy-and-pastable? I know that by using \usepackage[t1]{fontenc} that many glyphs like accented and umlauted characters become ...
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Encoding to be able to search pdf

I am writing a document in Czech. I want To be able to fully search the pdf (at the moment I can search only for words with non-Czech characters, but I want to be able to search with Czech ...
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Protect text in PDF from being copied [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: PDF with un-copyable text What is the most effective ways to protect text in a PDF from being copied with Ctrl+C? I know about standard PDF copy protection, and also ...
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Can PDF search find words with ligatures in XeLaTeX-documents?

Is there some way allow PDF search to find words with ligatures? I use XeLaTeX. \documentclass{book} \begin{document} Prefix. \end{document} In the resulting pdf file, searching for the word ...
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Hyphens at end of line disappear upon pasting, even if they were present in the input

When I paste text from pdflatex output, there are two things about hyphens that I would like to change: Hyphens paste as "hyphen-minus" (U+002D, "-"), but I would prefer the newer Unicode character ...
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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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Copy-and-paste of mathematical formulas pastes the unformatted, raw TeX

For instance: Copy Paste in a new location Result: x^{2} LyX 2.0.4 (new)/MiKTeX/Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
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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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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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I just want to have the text in my pdf the same way I have it in my editor

I want to paste from the clipboard a plain text copied from a text editor (line wordpad++, vim, notepad etc), and I want TeX to respect the same line break formatting that the editor has. This works ...
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pdf files show “fi”, but searching for or copying them does not work

When I pdflatex text containing "fi", e.g. "infinite", the resulting pdf-file looks correct, e.g. "infinite" is shown in the text. But when I search the pdf file for "infinite", 0 occurrences are ...
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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 make listings code indentation remain unchanged when copied from PDF?

So I am using listings package for code examples. But there is a problem. When I copy the code examples from the final PDF document, they are usually not the same - the indentation is gone, there are ...
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Searching for Euro symbol

I found egreg's answer to the question "eurosym seems to not be working" some time ago and it works perfect if I compile using pdflatex, but if I compile using latex dvips ps2pdf the Euro symbol is ...
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Incompatibilities of cmap with fontenc/hyperref?

The following code doesn't compile (with pdflatex) \documentclass{article} \usepackage{cmap} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[pdfa=true]{hyperref} \begin{document} Hello. \end{document} ...
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Copying LaTeX from a PDF

Is there a way to copy from a PDF to a LaTeX document? Whenever I do it, it copies in with weird symbols in the place of LaTeX commands for example: $$f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$$ copies in ...
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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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How can I make source code included with minted copyable?

Is it possible to make source code with minted copyable? Here is a minimal example how I include source code (completely, with minimal java code, on GitHub): \documentclass{beamer} ...
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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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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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Copy pasting of underscore

When I use \textunderscore to print an underscore "_" character, the copy-paste functionality of Adobe Acrobat Reader does not appear to work properly. For instances, when I copy test_case from ...
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Problem copying text from pdf - spaces being stripped

I have the following minimal working example: \documentclass{book} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \begin{document} é canção \end{document} I need to use the utf8 argument ...
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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 Czech characters from PDF with charter font

I wanna be able to copy czech characters from PDF, but for some reason it doesn´t work. here is my code: \usepackage{cmap} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{charter} ...
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Change the way XeTeX sees a string before running/building PDF

For some reason, I'm really struggling to articulate my question, so let me apologise in advance. I may not be approaching this from the right angle. I'm working in XeTeX (and it's far too late to ...
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How to make apostrophes appear normally when copy-pasting from a MS Word document?

I have a report written in MS Word which I would like to turn into a LaTeX document. I copy-pasted the content of the document in my LaTeX editor (TeXShop, LaTeX, pdfTeX) and everything comes out fine ...
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Copy-able Matrix/Grid

I have grid-formatted data: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 I'd like to display this as above in a LaTeX document compiled with pdfLaTeX. I've thought about using the TikZ Matrix library and the AMSMath Matrix ...
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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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Copy-pasting leading whitespace and blank lines in listings package (pdf) [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the listings package to typeset some code in a PDF document, in a way that allows me to copy-paste the resulting code. This mostly works well, if ...
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Weird text when copying from PDF

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[swedish]{babel} \usepackage{fullpage} \begin{document} åäö \end{document} Making a PDF from this creates a ...
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PDF that can be scanned faster by a PDF reader [closed]

Searching words with Ctrl+F in common PDF readers takes sometimes very long. The time does not correlate with the number of pages, or the number of embedded pictures. What causes slow fulltext ...
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How to make slash (/) paste with correct Unicode codepoint depending on context?

Unicode offers different characters for the slash: U+002F (/) for the ordinary slash U+2215 (∕) for the mathematical division operator U+2044 (⁄) to designate vulgar fractions How can I have these ...
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Unable to copy _ from pdf

\documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1,OT4]{fontenc} \begin{document} Text with \_. \end{document} In PDF there is a correct output: Text with _. But when I select and copy it I get: Text with . It ...