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morgan2476
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PDF to Word

Hi I am copying text from a double column pdf file.  I am copying one column at a time.  The problem is when I paste on to word the formating remains the same, ie, the text is to one side of the document.  How do I format word layout to enable the text to use the full width of the page?
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Re: PDF to Word

I'd suggest getting rid of the formatting altogether (fonts and everything). One way to do that would be to first paste the text in to a text editor that doesn't support formatting (e.g. Notepad) and then copy paste from there in to Word.
On Word 2010 there is a Paste Special which includes an Unformatted text option - that will do the same thing. I don't know if that is available on earlier versions.
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Re: PDF to Word

Quote from: jelv
On Word 2010 there is a Paste Special which includes an Unformatted text option - that will do the same thing. I don't know if that is available on earlier versions.
It is and in Open Office Writer as well
MrT
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Re: PDF to Word

You could create a 2 column / 1 row table in Word and then copy each column of your PDF to the table using the Unformatted text option.
wisty
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Re: PDF to Word

You could get a copy of PDFtotext ( its open source) which will save the copy & paste effort if its a long document.
kmilburn
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Re: PDF to Word

Libre Office (and probably Open Office) can also load PDF documents directly.