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Find text (NO whole words only) and Replace

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Aug 08, 2020 Aug 08, 2020

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I need to find a text (NO whole words only) and replace it with another in Acrobat Pro. Is there any reason why the "whole words only" option is forcibly selected and grayed out?

 

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Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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It can only replace whole words.

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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It can only replace whole words.


By @Bernd Alheit

I want to point out how absolutely idiotic that is.

Good gods, do they really not comprehend that we are going to inevitably want to search and replace substrings?

Why even impose this kind of nonsensical restriction in the first place?

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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You can ask Adobe. 

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Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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This may be achieved with javascript though.

 

Here's a Band-Aid remedy(not elegant, not perfect but useful):

 

 

for (var p = 0; p < this.numPages; p++)
{
var numWords = this.getPageNumWords(p);
for (var i=0; i<numWords; i++)
{
var ckWord = this.getPageNthWord(p, i, true);
if ( ckWord == "Acrobat")
{
var q = this.getPageNthWordQuads(p, i);
// Convert quads in default user space to rotated
// User space used by Links.
m = (new Matrix2D).fromRotated(this,p);
mInv = m.invert()
r = mInv.transform(q)
r=r.toString()
r = r.split(",");
l = addLink(p, [r[4], r[5], r[2], r[3]]);
l.borderColor = color.red;
l.borderWidth = 1;
l.setAction("this.getURL('http://www.example.com/')");
}
}
}

 

 

Note that the script above creates a red rectangle around the word(s) found. It also converts them to a hyperlink, but you  can modify the script to whatever way you need to behave.

 

This script example is referenced in the Adobe Acrobat SDK JavaScript API Reference,  "Doc methods",  Example 2, Page 232

 

This is an action than can be employed as a mouse-up action or as bacth using the Acrobat's built-in Action Wizard tool.

 

See slides:

 

ckWord.png

 

You can reuse this action as many times as you need it. To perform a different search each time  just change the string of text inside the quotes in the line shown below:

 

if ( ckWord == "Acrobat")

 

 

ckWord2.png

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The OP want replace text in the document.

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Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19, 2024

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I came across the same problem and accidentally found that I had to clear out the search and replace fields and close the edit PDF window. When I did a new search or search and replace, the Whole Words Only option was unselected.

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