Copy PDF-Embedded Text With Your Gmail Account

Another great reason to have a Gmail account: With this free Google service, you can view locked PDF files as Web pages that can be copied into word processing documents.

Interestingly, the five-step process outlined in the link below unlocks PDF file restrictions, but it's unknown if that Gmail design tweak was at all intentional or a mistake.

To make the learning easier, the doctorate student who discovered this workaround even includes an embedded PDF from the Adobe site you can download to test this process for yourself.

If you know someone with a Gmail account, you can ask him or her to send you an invitation to start an account. You can also do it on your own with the help of a cellular phone.

Chosaq April 18, 2006

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