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Klaus Urban  Identity Verified
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May 29, 2006

Google hits frequently turn out to be PDF files which can be multipaged documents. Reading through such a document can be quite tiresome or even hopeless.
Is there a functionality to search a term within a PDF file?


 

Vito Smolej
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what about acrobat reader? May 29, 2006

7.0 has search/find ,,,

 

Klaus Urban  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Vito May 29, 2006

Vito Smolej wrote:

7.0 has search/find ,,,


that´s great!
Klaus


 

Elvira Stoianov  Identity Verified
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I use CTRL+F in Acrobat May 29, 2006

Acrobat, just as Office application, has the Ctrl+F shortcut for the search function. I assume you do have Acrobat reader installed (it's free) and as far as I know, all versions have a seach function.

 

Natalia Zudaire  Identity Verified
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Even better May 29, 2006

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

Foxit Reader: it's free, loads really fast, and performs a fast search by pressing ctrl+F. A must-have for me (I hate how long Acrobat reader takes to load).

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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
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View as HTML May 29, 2006

It may be even faster to click "View as HTML" instead. Google gives you a lightning fast view of the PDF file in your browser, with its respective search features enabled.
Cheers


 

Klaus Urban  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Elvira May 29, 2006

Elvira Stoianov wrote:

Acrobat, just as Office application, has the Ctrl+F shortcut for the search function. I assume you do have Acrobat reader installed (it's free) and as far as I know, all versions have a seach function.


 

Klaus Urban  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Natalia May 29, 2006

Natalia Zudaire wrote:

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

Foxit Reader: it's free, loads really fast, and performs a fast search by pressing ctrl+F. A must-have for me (I hate how long Acrobat reader takes to load).

Nataliaicon_smile.gif


 

Klaus Urban  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Mikhail May 29, 2006

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

It may be even faster to click "View as HTML" instead. Google gives you a lightning fast view of the PDF file in your browser, with its respective search features enabled.
Cheers


 

Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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Will fail on some PDF files May 29, 2006

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

It may be even faster to click "View as HTML" instead. Google gives you a lightning fast view of the PDF file in your browser, with its respective search features enabled.
Cheers

Both this and the Ctrl+F function for Find-Text in Acrobat Reader only work if the PDF file actually contains text. If the "text" is in fact an image (this is the case with some PDF files) you can't search for text in it.
When you are viewing a PDF file, one way to check whether it contains real text or only images is to select the "T" text selection tool on the tool bar and see whether you can use it to select text. If the "text" is in fact an image, you will be able to use the image select tool to select rectangular pieces of it, but of course that won't find you any text. In that case you can convert the image to text with, so I understand, an OCR program that can do this. I have FineReader version 4, and it can't do this conversion.
Oliver


 

Sandra Petch
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Right-click May 31, 2006

I position the mouse on a page and right-click, which displays a menu with a search function.

Not highly technical but may help!


 


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