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Topic: Auto copy' text as it is highlighted
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 130151
From: zzi
Date: 3/27/2005 11:51 AM

Is there a way to get Acrobat to highlight text (with the highlighter) and _at the same time_ copy that text to the clipboard?

As I study I often highlight PDF articles. It's useful to get the text of these highlights into a separate file in another application like Word (or Treepad or Onenote). I know that Adobe offers a 'summarize comments' option but this seems somewhat awkward. The 'export to word' doesn't seem to work unless the file is "tagged", and acrobat's own summary of notes is very inefficient for my purposes (e.g. few comments fit on a page because every comment tells me the exact time of every highlight and other info I don't want to have to edit out manually).

Treepad (a tree-based outliner and note taking software) offers a nice 'automatic paste' command that automatically pastes anything that is copied from Acrobat into treepad.

So what I'm doing is "enabling text selection for the handtool" (General preferences), selecting and copying text I want to copy, right clicking to Copy to the keyboard. Then, while the text is still selected, I right click again and choose 'Highlight Text (comment)'.

This leaves me with both a highlighted PDF document and with an extract of all the highlighted text (in Treepad).

This works but is rather labor intensive.

So I was wondering if there is anybody who can think of a way to get acrobat to automatically copy text that is being highilighted to the clipboard. Alternatively, can anyone suggest either a way to use acrobat to summarize and dump the comments without all the extra info into an application like word.

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