This is literally the most basic tool in a PDF viewer and it should be available in the top menu as the first tool. I can't find it in qpdfview? where is it?

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In qpdfviewer after selecting your pdf, go to Edit > Copy to Clipboard and select the text your require using the cross-hairs tool.

You should note that the ordinary selection tool and editing capability you might otherwise expect doesn't exist in qpdfview.

  • What if I want to take part of a sentence which starts at 2 words to the end of one line and ends at the 2nd word of next line? Does this mean I have to copy the whole lines and remove unwanted words? Sep 3, 2018 at 20:22
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    @KennetCeleste That would appear to be the case. It's quite a rudimentary tool.
    – graham
    Sep 3, 2018 at 20:25
  • @KennetCeleste if that answers your question, perhaps you would be kind enough to mark it as accepted.
    – graham
    Sep 3, 2018 at 20:37
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    Add something like "the ordinary selection tool doesn't exist in qpdfview" to your answer for people coming here looking for this feature and I'll accept your answer. Sep 4, 2018 at 13:37
  • @KennetCeleste Done. Thanks, that makes it clearer
    – graham
    Sep 4, 2018 at 14:16

You can hold Shift and then drag to copy the text to the clipboard.

The cross-hair appears as soon as you press down the left mouse button, while holding Shift.
The shortcut can be modified under:
Edit -> Settings -> Modifiers -> Mouse button modifiers -> Copy to clipboard

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