PDF files are a popular document format, because the content is “locked” so that all readers see the same thing. This is great for drop everything and read pdf documents, but can make selecting and copying content from a PDF difficult. Adobe’s free Reader program is one of the best ways to select content from a PDF file. If the PDF was created by scanning a document, or it has been secured to prevent copying, you’ll need to use a program that can recognize the words and convert them to editable text.
Download and install the latest version of Adobe Reader. This is the free PDF reader developed by Adobe. There are many PDF reader programs available, including your web browser, but most have very limited selection options.
You’ll get the best results using the free Adobe Reader. Open the PDF in Adobe Reader. When you install Adobe Reader, it makes itself the default application for PDFs, so it should open when you double-click a PDF file. Right-click on the open PDF and choose “Select tool.