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Searching for specific text in Adobe Acrobat Reader is getting tons of unwanted results

Community Beginner ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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I have hundreds of pdfs on soil science that I need to search for references to oil. However, when I search for "oil" this also brings up all the references to "soil." There are millions of instances of the word "soil" and I do not want to look at each one of them. Is there an easier way to do this? I am at a loss here. It is taking me a very, very long time

 

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Searching for "oil" in quotation marks

Searching for " oil" with a space in front of it

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Community Expert , Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

If you're using the simple Find pop-up menu click the arrow in it and tick "Whole Words Only":

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If you're using the Advanced Search dialog tick the "Whole words only" check-box before performing the search:

try67_0-1697703758479.png

 

 

 

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Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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If you're using the simple Find pop-up menu click the arrow in it and tick "Whole Words Only":

try67_1-1697703794694.png

 

If you're using the Advanced Search dialog tick the "Whole words only" check-box before performing the search:

try67_0-1697703758479.png

 

 

 

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Mother of god. I could have been doing this the whole time. Thank you.

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