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Changing from PDF to normal LO text document for editing

asked 2019-06-08 07:31:35 +0200

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In the past I used LO to create a document which I then exported as PDF. Now I want to edit that document. I opened it with LO but it's in a format not so useful to me. How do I open my PDF so I can edit in in standard LO document format, then, after the editing's done, export it as PDF?

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answered 2019-06-08 09:21:09 +0200

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PDF files are opened in Draw. The PDF does not have the original format like an ODT file. You can edit individual blocks.

If you create a file in Writer, you should save it as an ODT file. Then export a PDF. You should always keep both files. So you can later edit the ODT and export a PDF again.

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One addition: It is possible to create a "Hybrid-PDF" (using "Export as PDF .." which embeds the ODF File to the PDF). But I prefer your suggested solution, to have both formats in separate files.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-06-08 11:40:48 +0200 )edit

My thanks to both of you for the way to properly create, save and later edit a PDF document.

I use Linux, not Windows not Apple. I have several Linux apps to open and view PDFs. Of the 4 or 5 that I have, only one of them lets me select all the text, copy to the clipboard and then paste all of that text into a new LO writer form. Then after my editing's done, I'll first save as ODT and then export as PDF. As things stand now, I have to use my newly found method but will do in the future what you instructed me to do with PDFs. Thanks

music-music gravatar imagemusic-music ( 2019-06-08 20:06:53 +0200 )edit

Please excuse my question not directly related to the original question. @music-music, what Linux application will let you copy text from a .pdf file?

dougmn gravatar imagedougmn ( 2019-06-09 01:22:24 +0200 )edit

@dougmn I can do this using Atril Document Viewer in Ubuntu 18.04 Mate. Can actually copy then paste directly into Writer - text.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2019-06-09 21:25:04 +0200 )edit
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