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Unable to search in a pdf file

Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2018 Feb 13, 2018

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Hey hi

I am unable to search words in a pdf file. Can someone guide me what should i do??

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LEGEND ,
Feb 13, 2018 Feb 13, 2018

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The main reason that normally causes this is because the pdf is created from a scanned image. That means, there is no text to search (and nothing you can do about it using the free Reader software).

You can test this. Using the select tool, try selecting a word in the text. If you can't do it, it's a scan.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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I am able to select a word and copy. But when i am pasting it in word, it is showing many squares or diamond shaped symbols. Kindly help me. I need a solution to it as soon as possible.

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Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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I am able to select a word and copy. But when i am pasting it in word, it is showing many squares or diamond shaped symbols. Kindly help me. I need a solution to it as soon as possible.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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Another reason might be that the text is badly encoded. To test that, if you were able to select the text (as mentioned above), copy it and then paste into a plain-text editor. Does it come out as legible text? If not, then it also can't be searched.

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I am able to select a word and copy. But when i am pasting it in word, it is showing many squares or diamond shaped symbols. Kindly help me. I need a solution to it as soon as possible.

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I am able to select a word and copy. But when i am pasting it in word, it is showing many squares or diamond shaped symbols. Kindly help me. I need a solution to it as soon as possible.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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Report the issue to the people who created the file. There's nothing you can do about it with the free Reader.

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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Hi Sourav,

Please share the PDF. It will help us to resolve the issue quickly.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 16, 2018 Feb 16, 2018

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How to share pdf file here?

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 19, 2018 Feb 19, 2018

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You can send file here: [Moderator: Personal information removed] send private message: How Do I Send Private Message and how to share a file: How to share a file using Adobe Document Cloud

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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I have a pdf that I can't make word searchable. Is there something I can do to change that?

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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Yes, you can subscribe to Adobe Acrobat DC if you are not subscribed. In Adobe Acrobat DC we have Preflight tool which will make your PDF searchable.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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The Preflight tool doesn't make a file searchable. They would need to use the Recognize Text tool for that.

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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So where do I find that?

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Community Expert ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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In Acrobat DC search the Tools panel for "recognize".

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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Open it in MS Word and search away.  For Free.  Save it back, and search the PDF in Adobe or any other program. For Free.  Because now it is text.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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I meant to say open it in OneNote and OCR it.

Sorry, cant edit a comment.  It is forever a mistake.  Thanks Adobe Forum

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