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.


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


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


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.


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

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