I have always used Microsoft Print to PDF from Acrobat Reader DC to create searchable pdfs - I use it to complete form fill pdfs for work, that I can go back and search later. Out of the blue this just stopped working a couple weeks ago - I can still print the form fill pdfs like before, but when I reopen them later the text selection tool doesn't work and I can't search them. These are the exact same form fill documents I was using before, same files. Happens with any files. When I open up files that were created BEFORE this started happening, I can still search them just like before - I just can't CREATE searchable pdfs anymore - All my new pdfs are not searchable. I thought maybe it was a problem with Microsoft Print to PDF, but when I downloaded and tried out a different pdf printing app the same thing happened.
General troubleshooting, PDF forms, Print, View PDF
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I have a feeling this has something to do with the MS PDF printer, not with Reader, but seeing an actual file (maybe a before and after version) would be helpful. Also, what exact version of Reader are you using?
When using Chrome or Microsoft Edge "Microsoft print to pdf", both create a non searchable and non editable pdf only. The generated pdf is just a picture. If using "Save to pdf", works fine, creating a searchable and editable pdf.
Microsoft Word, using "Microsoft print to pdf" or "Save to pdf", works fine as well.
Operating System Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home Single Language Version 10.0.19041 Build 19041 Other Operating System Description Not available Operating System Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System name NB-DELL-MARCO System manufacturer Dell Inc. Inspiron 7560 system model X64-based PC system type