Is there a straightforward way to make ligatures more copy-and-pastable? I know that by using


that many glyphs like accented and umlauted characters become copy-and-pastable from a pdf.

But, for example, the word "five" is typeset with an "fi" ligature (a merging of the two letters into one) and I'm unable to copy this word from the pdf and paste into a text editor. The fontenc package doesn't seem to help with this.

Here is my MWE of the issue. I am using Adobe Reader X to read, and Windows with TeXnikCenter.




I have tested and cannot successfully paste into TeXnicCenter, MS Word, or the Firefox address bar.

  • Hmm. I get five. What PDF reader are you using? Dec 11, 2012 at 22:07
  • I can also not reproduce this. Could you post a minimal example that shows the behaviour?
    – Jake
    Dec 11, 2012 at 22:08
  • Ok, I edited the question. Dec 11, 2012 at 22:13
  • 1
    Try \input{glyphtounicode} \pdfgentounicode=1. Dec 11, 2012 at 22:13
  • @Stephan That seems to do it. Do you want to post as an answer? Are you aware of any unwanted side effects this could have? Dec 11, 2012 at 22:15

1 Answer 1


In general, to enable copy/paste from pdftex-generated PDF,


should be used.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .