Knowledgebase: Acrobat
Turn PDFs into searchable PDFs
Posted by Patricia Goodman on 28 October 2015 08:43 AM

These instructions are for turning PDFs into searchable PDFs using the Adobe Acrobat DC program.

You need to be using the Adobe Acrobat DC program (not the Adobe Reader program). To be able to search for text within a PDF, do the following:

  1. open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC program, click on the Tools at the top.
  2. click on "Enhanced Scans"
  3. at the top, click on "Recognize Text," and then click on "In this file"
  4. then click on the "Recognize Text" button. The program will turn the PDF document into a searchable PDF.
  5. once it has finished turning the PDF document into a searchable PDF, you should be able to click on the icon at the top that looks like a magnifying glass, and type in the text that you want to search for (or Ctrl + F for Windows or Command + F for Mac does the same thing).


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