Users who want to copy and paste text out of pdf documents may have noticed that the text in the destination document will have line breaks just like the original pdf document had. This is usually something that is not wanted and while it is not a big problem to remove the line breaks manually when short paragraphs have been pasted it becomes a bigger problem for longer texts.
Auto Unbreak is a small 22 Kilobyte tool that has only one purpose. It takes text from pdf documents and removes the line breaks of those texts before it provides the user with an option to copy the newly formatted text to the clipboard again.
Auto Unbreak is a portable application that can be executed from any location of a computer system. It ships with two files that define merge and exception rules which might come in handy for users who deal with specifically formatted text.
The rule files can be edited in every text editor. The homepage of the developers have been suspended, please download the tool from this link. It is temporarily hosted here at Ghacks until the developers announce their new website.
Update: It appears that the developer website will not come back up anymore. The program, while still hosted on our servers, will eventually become incompatible with newer versions of the operating system.
An alternative is the Remove Line Breaks Online tool which you can use to remove line breaks, or line breaks and paragraph breaks from pasted text.
All you need to do is copy the text from the pdf document, paste the contents from the clipboard to the form on the Text Fixer website, and click on Remove Line Breaks to parse the pasted text and get a version without line breaks on the same page.Advertisement
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