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PDF's: Accessing the Search Features
& Searching A PDF


Overview:
 
Searches are run to find specific items in PDFs. You can run a simple search, looking for a search term within in a single file, or you can run a more complex search, looking for various kinds of data in one or more PDFs.
 
You can run a search using either the Search window or the Find toolbar. In either case, Adobe (Acrobat) Reader and/or Adobe Acrobat (Full Version) will search the PDF body text, layers, form fields, digital signatures and so on. Bookmarks and comments can also be included in the search. The Search window offers more options and more kinds of searches than the Find toolbar.
 
The Basics:
 
Use the Find Toolbar for simple, individual and/or quick searches which will produce a one by one highlighted results. This option will search a pdf only one item at a time.
 
Use the Search Window for more detailed searches. It is strongly recommended that you use this option/feature for a complete and comprehensive search of a pdf. The Search Window will produce a list of results that match your search. Click on each entry to find it within the pdf document. This option will search either a pdf or multiple pdf's in a single instance producing a list of results.
 
Where you start your search depends on the type of search you want to run. Use the Find toolbar for a quick search of the current PDF. Use the Search window to look for words or document properties across multiple PDFs, use advanced search options, and search PDF indexes. 
 
The Find toolbar:
  
 

By default, the Find toolbar is already open. Use this procedure to open it if it has been closed.

 
Do one of the following:
• Choose Edit > Find.
• Right-click/Control-click the toolbar area and choose Find on the context menu.
• Press Ctrl+F/Command+F.
 
The Search window:

 
• To locate or open it, do one of the following:
• Choose Edit > Search.
• On the Find toolbar, click the arrow ▼and choose Open Full Acrobat Search.
• Press Ctrl+Shift+F.
 
The Search Window appears as a separate window that you can move, resize, minimize, or arrange partially or completely behind the PDF window.
 
The Search Window may appear as a pair of binoculars icon on your toolbar. To add it to you toolbar, do the following:
Choose Tools > Customize Toolbars > Check File Toolbar if it is not already checked > Check Search (you should see a pair of binoculars) > Click OK
 
Arrange the PDF document window and Search window
▪ In the Search window, click Arrange Windows.
 
Acrobat/Reader resizes and arranges the two windows side by side so that together they almost fill the entire screen.
 
Note: Clicking the Arrange Windows button a second time resizes the document window but leaves the Search window unchanged. If you want to make the Search window larger or smaller, drag the corner or edge, as you would to resize any window on your operating system.

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