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Using the full version of Acrobat 5 it's quite simple to copy graphics from one PDF page to another or even between PDFs. Here's how. We'll use Acrobat's own PDF documentation as an example.

  • Start Acrobat 5.

  • Go to Help > Acrobat Help.

  • On the toolbar with the movie frames, chainlinks, squigglyarrow, etc, notice that the last button on the right has a downward pointing triangle. Click this to open up several more choices; pick the TouchUp Object Tool. (Next to which I see it just says T, meaning that I could have just told you to press T and saved a yard and a half of typing. Sigh. But this is how you learn, grasshopper. Note the other keyboard shortcuts, then we'll move on.)

  • Click the graphic to select it. If it's composed of multiple elements, or if you want to copy multiple items at once, you can marquee select them or Shift+Click to select multiple objects one at a time.

  • Press Ctrl+C (Mac users, Mac+C) or go to Edit > Copy.

  • Now go to another page in the same PDF or open another PDF, go to where you want to insert the graphic you just copied and go to Edit > Paste or press Ctrl+V (Mac users, Mac+V) to paste the graphic.

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