How Do I Convert A PDF To A Word On A Mac Using Preview?

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How do I convert a PDF to a Word on a Mac using Preview?

The answer is “maybe”. With respect to text, there are several sorts of PDFs (in my experience; I’m no expert). One sort is just a text document which has been saved as a PDF; for those, you can highlight the text in the usual way (click and drag) — unless it has been “copy protected”. If that’s the issue, google around for possible ways to “unlock” it. A second sort is comprised of images (i.e. just “photographing” the pages). For those, there is simply no text to be highlighted — it’s like trying to copy the text off a billboard in a photo. If that’s the issue, perhaps you can manage some way to do OCR on the pages. A third sort is like the second, plus the image of the text has been somehow converted to a text stream, perhaps by some sort of OCR process, or simply by a person reading the text content of the image and keying it in. That text is then put on an “invisible” layer which resides behind the image, overlapping the visible (but uncopyable) image of the text. This may seem silly, but it allows presentation of the document with its visible appearance being that of the original, while allowing copying (by making use of the content of the “invisible” layer). This sort of PDF should allow click-drag copying, although the highlighted area may not align exactly with the visible text.

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One of the more likely ways to get around this is to make use of some form of image transformation in some functions. That is, perhaps if the PDF was converted into SVG (a vector graphics format which can be displayed to the browser), you could then click the image and ’tap, and a menu could pop up with ‛scissors. It may be possible to then ’cut the text from the layer that resides behind it, and display it as a separate document (not just ‛copy protected). However, there is certainly no reason for it to work this way. The real issue with the solution I’ve devised is that you would basically have to ’convert the document into another PDF format which includes that “invisible” text, in order to be able to display it with the normal behavior of the browser. There are lots like that, but.

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