Searching for a term in pdf document
Thread poster: Armorel Young

Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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Mar 11, 2004

Is it true that there is no way of getting the computer to find a particular word in a pdf document? I'm thinking of occasions when I'm looking for references to a particular term - Google points me to a pdf document, but when I use the "Find" feature from the "Edit" menu in Windows (I'm using Windows 98) it returns no results - even if I know perfectly well that the word I'm looking for is in there somewhere. Is there anything else I can do?


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Adobe Reader 6.0 Mar 11, 2004

Try to use the "find" function in Adobe Reader 6.0.

Good luck icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2004-03-11 15:21]


Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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make sure you use Acrobat's Find command, not your browser's Mar 11, 2004

when the PDF opens in your browser Window, Acrobat's tools and commands are available just below the browser's tools and commands - make sure you use Acrobat's Find command, not your browser's.


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Only if it is a text document Mar 11, 2004

It depends on the source of a PDF document whether you can use Acrobat's Find command to search the document. If the PDF was created from a text-based file, like Word or Frame, or also Excel, you can search it. If the source is a vector-based (CAD) or bitmap (scans) format, you can't.


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Adobe Reader 6 is better Mar 11, 2004

As opposed to older versions

In the search bar (it opens up on the right side of the Reader window) it finds all instances of the word you are looking for, with a few words of context on each side. Clicking on each instance takes you to that particular place in the pdf document.
There are also options of finding whole words only and case sensitive search.

Veeeery useful stuff, especially in long pdf docs.
Pawel Skalinski

[Edited at 2004-03-11 12:20]


Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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Ctrl F Mar 11, 2004

The "Find" (Ctrl F) function works well within a pdf. Now I have 6.0, but it also worked in version 5.0.
You may encounter some problems when you try to search for a sequence of several words: if the expression breaks between two lines, the Find function may not be able to find it.


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Google toolbar Mar 11, 2004

It is also useless to try and click on a term in the Google toolbar when a .pdf file is displayed. Use Ctrl + F or the little binocs instead.
Have fun.


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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HTML Mar 11, 2004

You have the option to ¨view as HTML¨, use that option and it actually highlights the term wherever it appears.


Suzanne Blangsted (X)  Identity Verified
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search function Mar 11, 2004

when in PDF, the PDF search function looks like binoculars. Click on that one.


Doru Voin  Identity Verified
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Ctrl+F, then Ctrl+G Mar 11, 2004

lenkl wrote:
Use Ctrl + F or the little binocs instead.
Have fun.


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