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How to Take a Snapshot of a PDF File

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

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

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

  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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Mitchell White has been writing about fighting spyware, malware and other computer hardships for various websites since 2009. His work also includes research and articles on scientific and medical topics. White holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a specialty in writing, from Messiah College.

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