I'm trying to copy text from a Vietnamese language PDF into inDesign and many characters are incorrectly copied.

For example, this is the correct text:


This is what it's pasted as:


What's the most effective and reliable method for copying and placing this text into InDesign?

I realize that I may not be able to do this completely automatically. Anything that would speed up the process of copying large amounts of text with special characters would help.

  • Have you tried File > Save As > More Options > Text (plain) within Acrobat? I can't say it'll be better.. but I'd at least try it.
    – Scott
    Jul 9, 2014 at 1:32
  • Yes, saving it as text doesn't make a difference. Jul 9, 2014 at 5:09

2 Answers 2


You need to:

  • start w/ a .pdf which has the characters encoded using Unicode (check document properties)
  • have the font in InDesign set to one which has those characters at the same Unicode slots

Then it'll ``just work''.


In Adobe Acrobat:

  1. Click Edit in top menu
  2. Select Edit Text & Images
  3. Copy and paste from there
  4. Profit

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