The better you understand some of the intricacies of text selection, the faster you can get your work done. Here are some suggestions:
- Choose Edit > Preferences > General (Mac: Acrobat > Preferences > General) and click Make Hand Tool Select Text and Images. This way, when you position the pointer over text in a document, it automatically works as the Select tool.
- If you're copying and pasting text and intend to send it to other people, be aware that unless a recipient's computer has the same font, it can't be preserved. Acrobat replaces that font with the closest match.
- When a document is tagged, you can use the Copy with Formatting option. This option is especially useful if the document contains columns.
- If you can't copy text, check to see whether the document has security settings. The author may have specified that copying be restricted.