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Search for Text in Multiple PDFs with Adobe Reader

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Jan 29, 2009 13:47


Search for Text in Multiple PDFs with Adobe Reader

PDF documents are one of the most commonly used files today. However, it's much easier to find the text you're looking for in a Word document because by default Windows searches indexes for all of the text inside a Word document, thus making it easier to search all documents quickly.

PDF text is not indexed by Windows so if you need to find particular text you may be manually opening each file to perform a search. This can become tedious if you need to search through several PDF files.

If you need to scan through several files, use the Advanced PDF features. With the advanced search you can search all PDF files in a directory and its sub-directories in a single search!

Full Reader Search

  1. Open Adobe Reader: Start→All Programs.
  2. To use the Advanced PDF search, select Open Full Reader Search from the drop-down menu of the search box, or press SHIFT+CTRL+F.
  3. Enter your search terms.
  4. Where would you like to search? Choose this option: All PDF Documents In
  5. Browse to the folder where you are performing the search.
  6. Select search criteria (whole words only, case-sensitive, etc.).
  7. Click Search. All PDF files within the selected folder are scanned for your search term and criteria. Just click on the hyperlink in the results to open the file.

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  1. original author: Sylvia MacKinnon