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How to Extract Text from PDF to Text File Format (.txt)

Deepa Pandey | Modified: 2020-09-17T12:39:21+00:00 | PDF | 4 Minutes Reading

Are you looking for the solution to extract text from PDF to text i.e. (.txt) file format? Want to extract data from selective PDF pages? If yes? Then don’t worry because you landed on the right page. Here, we have described two simple solutions that let users to extract content from PDF documents.

PDF files are mainly used for exchanging data across various platforms & between folks. These documents contain images, text, graphics, audio, video, etc. However, sometimes users want to extract text from PDF to .txt file format. So that they can use them in PowerPoint presentations, web pages, word processing documents, or in desktop publishing software. In this blog, we have described two simple methods that let users to extract data from PDF files. But before that let’s understand some user queries.

Some User Queries

“I was given a 500 page PDF file that contains some important data. I want to extract selected text from PDF files based on pages. But, the problem is that I don’t know the correct method to carry out the process. Can anyone tell me how to extract data from selective PDF pages? Please suggest any reliable solution for this.”
“My manager assigned me a task to extract text from PDF files by odd pages. However, I checked online for the solution but, could not find the most prominent solution. Can anyone tell me how I can save text from Odd pages of PDF files?”

Best Way to Extract Text from PDF to Text File Format (.txt)

PDF Extractor Tool provides the functionality to extract data from PDF documents in batch. The utility provides the Add Files / Add Folder option to insert multiple PDF documents for the text extraction purpose. If the user wants to extract data from secured PDF documents i.e. restricted or password-protected then this tool can be used. Along with the text it supports to extract attachments and images as well.

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Other Highlighted Features of the Tool

1- Gives the option to Apply Pages Settings to extract text from selective PDF pages
2- Support to save data from PDF by All Pages, Even / Odd Pages, Page Range, Page Numbers, etc.,
3- Provides the option to Maintain Formatting after the PDF Text extraction
4- Option to maintain page number at top or bottom
5- Extract text from PDF to text (.txt) file format without any formatting issues
6- Software is available for both Windows as well as for Mac OS users

How Software Extract Text from PDF Text (.txt)

1- Launch and run the software on Windows OS
2- Click on Add Files / Add Folder button to insert PDF documents

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3- To save all the extracted items in a single folder check the “Create Single Folder Only” option
4- From the Item Type option select “Text” and “Apply Text Settings”

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5- To extract text from selective PDF pages Apply Page Settings

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6- Finally click the Extract button to extract text from PDF to Text (.txt) file format

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7- Finally, the process completion message will be displayed by the user

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Manually Extract Data from PDF Documents

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC provides the functionality to save text from PDF to Word. Users can extract individual PDF files for text extraction purposes. Now, follow these simple steps to carry out the process:
1- Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
2- Click on the File option
3- Now, click on Export to & select Text option

Manual Method Limitations

1- At a time it can extract data single PDF document
2- It does not support restricted or password-protected PDF
3- Does not provide any filter option to extract selective PDF text
4- Full version is highly expensive, normal users can’t afford it

Also Read: How to extract graphics from PDF documents?

Conclusion

In this write-up, we have explained some simple solutions that lets users to save text from PDF. One is by using the professional software and the other one is by using the Adobe Acrobat. Users can select any of these solutions as per their requirements. However, if they want to extract text from PDF to Text file format in batch or from selected PDF pages then they can use the professional software.

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