I'm using Kile as my LaTeX IDE with Okular as pdf viewer. Everything works fine except the fact that I cannot find the text selection tool to copy text from the previewed pdf. I know that this tool exists in Okular but I can't figure out to find it. The only tool that I have is the browse tool which doesn't allow to copy text.

EDIT: As cfr pointed out, I'm talking of the mini-previews Kile provides.

  • Have you set Okular to being embedded in Kile, or a separate window? – Torbjørn T. Mar 31 '14 at 14:02
  • When you talk about the previewed PDF, have you compiled? Or are you talking about the mini-previews Kile can produce beforehand? If so, I doubt you can select text in those cases, though I'm not certain. – cfr Sep 28 '14 at 3:00
  • Okular is embedded in Kile. – Steven Thiel Nov 12 '14 at 15:21

Okular has a "Tools" menu with entries "Selection Tool", "Text Selection Tool", "Table Selection Tool". All these three tools select text in different ways -- try them out. Then hit Ctrl+C to copy the selected text. These tools also have a toolbar button (probably the last one) with a dropdown arrow to select between them.

  • I guess that the OP wants to select text and copy it from Okular. – Sigur Mar 31 '14 at 13:39
  • Sorry, I was referring to Okular; I will correct my answer. – nplatis Mar 31 '14 at 18:27
  • I know these tools and if I start Okular outside of Kile I even find them and can use them. But inside Kile I can't find this dropdown menu. – Steven Thiel Apr 2 '14 at 17:03

I'm not sure what Okular looks like from inside Kile. If you can't see the menus or toolbars, you can change 'mode' with Ctrl-#:

  • Ctrl-3: selection mode
  • Ctrl-4: text-selection mode
  • Ctrl-5: table-selection mode
  • These shortcuts don't seem to work when I use them into the pdf preview that Kile shows me. – Steven Thiel Apr 2 '14 at 17:01

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