How to Take a Snapshot of a PDF File

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The file type "PDF" is short for "Portable Document Format." If you want to take a snapshot of a particular section of a PDF and save it as an independent file, you can do so using a native tool inside of the Windows operating system.You can use the native program Microsoft Paint to save your PDF snapshot as a BMP file.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Double-click on the PDF file to open it in your PDF reader.

  2. 2

    Scroll down in the document until you reach the part you want to copy.

  3. 3

    Click "File" in the program and select Create PDF." Click "From Screen Capture." This will take a snapshot of the current screen and save it as a PDF file. You can also select "From Window Capture" to only snapshot the current open PDF window and not anything else on-screen.

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