PDF reader: Copy text without highlighing it

This discussion was created from comments split from: Can't copy / paste from PDF in new built-in reader.
  • edited 11 days ago
    It seems like copying requires first highlighting the text? I'm not seeing an option to select the text and not highlight?
  • @JimHokanson: It's just Ctrl/Cmd-C or Edit → Copy, like any other app.
  • @dstillman Oops, the confusion is that you need to disable all the visible buttons - for example if you are highlighting text, click to disable (and subsequently enable normal text selection). I was looking to click a "text-selection" button.
  • edited 10 days ago
    To clarify, there are two highlighting modes — the default mode, where you can just select text and then click a color in the popup to create a highlight, and a mode where you lock the highlight tool on, such that any text selection results in a highlight. So there's nothing special you have to do to copy text — it's just that, if you've turned on the locked highlighting mode, any text selection will indeed create a highlight.
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