Preview app allows me to select lines and words of text. However, when I copy and paste it into another app, empty characters are pasted.

For example, I select 3 rows of text and paste it, but 3 rows of empty text have been pasted.

On macOS Sierra with preview and the PDF files in question do not seem to be protected as I can both select text and choose Edit->Copy.

What is this and how I can overcome this?

For example, I wanted to copy this

and I got this

As you can see, I did not get those weird characters that people get when copy from protected document.

  • At worst, pdf is simply a container. Are you generating the pdf? Are they commercially prepared? This is probably intentional by the creator of the files but more investigation or detail is needed. If you can make a short TextEdit doc and print it to pdf - you should be able to make sure your preview app and pasteboard are functioning properly.
    – bmike
    Jun 25, 2017 at 15:56
  • Also check encoding with an export of one document in question - apple.stackexchange.com/a/129832/5472
    – bmike
    Jun 25, 2017 at 16:06
  • @bmike The PSD is a book that you receive as PDF and portions I wanted to copy/paste are related to code examples.
    – ipadoio
    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:13
  • @bmike Check my edit please. I do not get those weird chars, but literary empty lines. Like keyboard space was typed 100 times.
    – ipadoio
    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:19
  • @bmikeThis seems to help apple.stackexchange.com/a/129832/9652. THANKS!
    – ipadoio
    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:22


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