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Can I search a PDF to find the first time a word appears in a document?

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Jan 31, 2023 Jan 31, 2023

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I am a college student, and I use Adobe Acrobat to read pretty much all of my textbooks. When I search the textbooks, it always takes me to the next closest result for that word or phrase. I am often search for the first use of the word in the book so I can get to its definition quickly. This means clicking "previous" multiple times. Sometimes a word isn't mentioned after, so it scans through the hundreds of pages which, to be fair, it does very quickly, but when I am doing this over and over it becomes very obnoxious. So, I typically have to scroll to page 1 and then search,  but that is just as obnoxious. I looked through a few articles and the Acrobat Search help page, but I didn't find any settings that do what I want. Is there a setting I can alter so the search function starts from page 1 rather than my current location in the PDF?

 

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Harrison

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Jan 31, 2023 Jan 31, 2023

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Try the Advanced Search.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Or jump to the top of the document (press the Home key) before starting the search.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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@Harrison281999015u6g 

++adding on to what experts have suggested. 

Try Advanced Search, and see if that would help you. Open Acrobat>Edit> Advanced Search> Show More Option. 

Set the preferences according to your requirement. 

 

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Akanchha

 

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@Harrison281999015u6g 

In addition to using Search instead of Find, you might want to customize your Toolbar to add the Previous View and Next View buttons. Clicking Previous View will take you back to where you were working. Zooming is considered a View, btw.

 

Details here: (scroll to "Retrace your viewing path")

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/acrobat/using/navigating-pdf-pages.html

 

Jane

 

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