Select Text Columns in PDFs

Selecting one column of text in a multicolumn PDF can be challenging.

In Acrobat, and in Apple’s Preview application, you can easily select a just one column by holding the Option/Alt key while you use the text selection tool to drag a marquee around the area containing the text.

In multicolumn layouts, this can be the easiest way to select text from one column without including text from adjacent columns.