How do I get a sequence from a generating function?

For example if I have the generating function $\frac{1}{1-2x}$ then it corresponds to the sequence $1 + 2x + 4x^2 + 8x^3 +~…$. I know how to start from the sequence and get the generating function, but I don’t know how to start from the generating function and get the sequence.

Similarly, what if I have a generating function like $\frac{1}{1+x}$? How do I get the corresponding sequence? Same way?

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Maybe the following may help you. If you have a linear recurrence of the form
$$u_{n+2}+a\cdot u_{n+1}+b\cdot u_n=0 \tag1$$ then, multiplying out $(1)$ by $x^{n+2}$ and summing one gets
$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty u_{n+2}x^{n+2}+a\cdot \sum_{n=0}^\infty u_{n+1}x^{n+2}+b\cdot \sum_{n=0}^\infty u_nx^{n+2}=0\tag2$$ or, with changes of index,
$$\sum_{n=2}^\infty u_{n}x^n+a\cdot x\sum_{n=1}^\infty u_{n}x^{n}+b\cdot x^2\sum_{n=0}^\infty u_nx^{n}=0\tag3$$
$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty u_{n}x^n+a\cdot x\sum_{n=0}^\infty u_{n}x^{n}+b\cdot x^2\sum_{n=0}^\infty u_nx^{n}=u_0+(u_1+au_0)\cdot x\tag4$$ that is, by factorizing $\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^\infty u_{n}x^n=f(x)$,
$$(1+ax+b x^2)f(x)=u_0+(u_1+au_0)\cdot x$$ and

$$f(x)=\frac{u_0+(u_1+au_0)\cdot x}{1+ax+b x^2} \tag5$$

Going from $(1)$ to $(5)$ and vice-versa is a usual link between a generating function and a recurrent relation between its coefficients.