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Converting selected areas of a document and clipboard contents into a PDF


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Up and Running with Acrobat XI

with Claudia McCue

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I'm collaborating on this project with a colleague and I have a couple of quick questions. One is about this text in this column in the middle of the page, and the other is just about sort of general layout of it. But I need something to attach to an email so that she understands what I'm talking about. So Acrobat offers a couple of interesting methods for capturing content out of this page and turning that content into little PDFs. To just capture the text I can get the Selection tool, just click and drag to highlight the text, and then copy it to the clipboard. And then when I go to Create, I have this option: Create > PDF from Clipboard.
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  1. 1m 3s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      16s
  2. 9m 13s
    1. Understanding the Portable Document Format
      1m 55s
    2. Comparing the three versions of Acrobat
      7m 18s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Navigating through documents
      4m 57s
    2. Changing the screen view
      7m 29s
    3. Understanding the Tool panels
      3m 45s
  4. 15m 45s
    1. Combining PDFs
      2m 57s
    2. Inserting pages
      2m 33s
    3. Replacing pages
      1m 59s
    4. Changing page order
      1m 29s
    5. Extracting pages
      1m 47s
    6. Creating portfolios
      5m 0s
  5. 16m 28s
    1. Creating PDFs from Word documents
      8m 20s
    2. Creating PDFs from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 5s
    3. Creating PDFs from Excel spreadsheets
      2m 0s
    4. Creating PDFs on a Mac
      3m 3s
  6. 14m 1s
    1. Converting web pages to PDFs
      3m 43s
    2. Scanning hard copy
      5m 27s
    3. Creating PDFs from text and image files
      1m 37s
    4. Converting selected areas of a document and clipboard contents into a PDF
      1m 49s
    5. Printing to PDF
      1m 25s
  7. 9m 43s
    1. Exporting PDF documents to Word
      3m 4s
    2. Exporting PDF documents to Excel
      1m 22s
    3. Exporting PDF documents to PowerPoint
      3m 0s
    4. Extracting images
      2m 17s
  8. 13m 21s
    1. Editing text
      3m 3s
    2. Editing graphics
      2m 38s
    3. Adding hyperlinks
      3m 23s
    4. Adding bookmarks
      4m 17s
  9. 17m 4s
    1. Adding annotations
      2m 32s
    2. Using drawing markups
      6m 48s
    3. Creating email reviews
      3m 26s
    4. Using shared reviews
      4m 18s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Understanding interactive forms
      2m 27s
    2. Creating forms from Word documents
      1m 56s
  11. 58s
    1. Next steps
      58s

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Take a tour of Acrobat XI, compare its three editions, and get a fresh look at what you can do with Acrobat. This course demonstrates the basics of working with PDFs: how to create, combine, edit, export, and review documents. Author Claudia McCue also shows how PDFs integrate with Microsoft Office applications and introduces the basics of working with forms.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Inserting, replacing, and extracting pages
  • Combining PDFs
  • Creating PDFs from Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Converting web pages to PDF
  • Scanning hard copies of documents
  • Printing to PDF
  • Exporting to other formats from Acrobat (such as the Excel .xls)
  • Adding hyperlinks and bookmarks
  • Marking up a PDF with annotations and drawings
  • Using shared reviews
Subject:
Business
Software:
Acrobat
Author:
Claudia McCue

Converting selected areas of a document and clipboard contents into a PDF

I'm collaborating on this project with a colleague and I have a couple of quick questions. One is about this text in this column in the middle of the page, and the other is just about sort of general layout of it. But I need something to attach to an email so that she understands what I'm talking about. So Acrobat offers a couple of interesting methods for capturing content out of this page and turning that content into little PDFs. To just capture the text I can get the Selection tool, just click and drag to highlight the text, and then copy it to the clipboard. And then when I go to Create, I have this option: Create > PDF from Clipboard.

There's a little progress bar, and in a moment Acrobat gives me a new PDF created from that content. Now notice it doesn't look like the page. It's really just that content. So if she and I are having conversation about the text that should go in there, and she wants to see what's in there now, this is just a quick way to send it to her. Now let's see the other method. Under Edit, we have this Snapshot tool. When you choose take a snapshot, your cursor changes to a little crosshair. You just click and drag across the part of the page you want to capture.

It tells you that that's been copied, and it's been copied to the clipboard so you go back to Create, and again, you choose PDF from Clipboard. Now notice that the text is all pixelated, so it hasn't picked up searchable text. It's really a glorified screenshot, but it's contained in a PDF, or it will be if I save my file. So at the moment it just exists in RAM. Notice that the name of the file is Untitled PDF. So I'd need to save it and then I'd attach it to an email so that I can explain to my colleague what I want to change about the layout of this file.

So it's just a quick way to sort of contain a screenshot or contain some text, and it just serves us sort of support for a conversation you're having with somebody else.

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