Know-How to Export Highlighted Text From PDF to Word

Written By Mohit Jha
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Published On October 17th, 2023
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Recently you read a PDF file and found some important points or information that are worth saving into the Word document. Now you want to know how to export highlighted text from PDF to Word file for future use.

Well, In this blog you will find the best solution to extract highlighted text from PDF files in an automated way using SysTools PDF Extractor.


You can download the free edition on your Windows system and start saving important elements from your PDF file.

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Now, let’s see how you can extract all the highlighted text from the PDF document.

How to Extract Highlighted Text From PDF Files and Open With Word File

In this section, we are going to use the SysTools utility to extract highlighted PDF text.

Step-1: Download the tool on your Windows machine.

Step-2: After installing you will get this interface, click on “Add File(s)”/ “Add Folder” to browse for PDF files and insert them in the tool. Click “Next”.

Tool to extract highlighted text from PDF

Step-3: Here you have to choose “Comments”.

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Step-4: Under it you need to check the option “Save Highlighted Text Into”. Then you can select the format you want to save extracted highlighted PDF text into DOC or DOCX or PDF. Since you want to export to a Word file, you need to choose DOC or DOCX format.

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Step-5: You can also Apply Page Setting through which you can mention PDF pages or range from which you want to extract highlighted text from PDF file.

Step-6: Lastly, click on “Extract”. You can now open this text file with Microsoft Word application.

Step-6: Just Right-click on the Document and choose “Open with” and select Word application.

Other PDF Elements That Can be Extracted Using The Tool

In this section we are going to look at the features of the tool and other elements that can be taken out from the PDF document.

Using SysTools utility you can do the following extraction from your PDFs:

  1. Inline Images
  2. Attachments and Portfolio
  3. Text Extraction
  5. Rich Media
  6. Hyperlinks
  8. Metadata

Manually Export Highlighted Text From PDF to Word

So, this method is kind of a stopgap if you don’t want to get a software to automatically save highlighted text from PDF files. Although, there is NO manual solution to extract highlighted text from PDF and export it into another format. But, there is one thing you can do:

  • Open the PDF file in any PDF editor including Adobe Acrobat.
  • You can simply copy highlighted PDF text one-by-one.
  • Now, paste the copied data into any document like Word, Notepad, etc.

But if your PDF file has disallow copying, you can unlock PDF for copying using SysTools PDF Unlocker.

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Q) What is highlighted text in a PDF?

Highlighted text in a PDF is text that has been marked for emphasis. Extracting highlighted text can be useful for research, summarizing content, or collecting key information from a PDF document.

Q) Can I extract highlighted text from any PDF file?

You can export highlighted text from PDF documents that allow text selection and copying. If the PDF author has restricted text extraction, you might encounter limitations.

Q) What tools or software can I use to extract highlighted text from a PDF?

There are various tools available for extracting highlighted text from PDFs, including Adobe Acrobat, online PDF converters, and dedicated PDF extraction software. We’ll discuss these methods in the article.

Q) Can I choose specific highlighted sections to extract, or does it extract all highlighted text at once?

The first method allows you to select highlighted sections from specific/all pages. The manual method helps to extract specific highlighted text as per your choice.

Q) Are there any tips for efficiently extracting highlighted text from lengthy PDF?

To do that, you can opt for a professional tool as recommended in this article.

Know how to extract text from PDF files. Not just highlighted text but even the normal text.


By Mohit Jha

Mohit is a Microsoft Certified Expert who wears multiple hats as a writer, researcher, and editor. He's really into cyber security, cloud computing, and digital forensics. These topics get him excited and push him to go beyond just his job. His big goal is to create super well-researched and carefully written articles that help readers learn important technicalities.