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How to tell if an Invoice is a Text PDF in 5 seconds.

The difference between a scanned PDF and a text PDF can be subtle and hard to tell at first glance. The following steps show you a quick way to distinguish them…

1. Open the PDF in a PDF viewer like Adobe.

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2. Use the mouse to select some text on the page. It will look something like this.

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3. Right click and select copy. Or do Control C.

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4. Open up another document program like notepad, MS Word or Excel and paste the clipboard. If you can see the data, it’s an electronic PDF.

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Note: You don’t really need to do step 3 and 4, if you can select the text, you have your answer.