Hi Jean, I am moved by your frustration. I have tried the same thing many times. Somethimes I can copy photos or text by the usual way but sometimes they have been copyrighted/copy protected and are inaccessible. I think there are differing versions of Adobe Reader and some do and some don't. If they are copy protected, just print them onto paper, and scan them with a scanner that has optical character recognition. I like you believe that once something has been keystroked into digital cyber space it should never have to be done again.