Unable to search for arabic words in a pdf document

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Oct 21, 2020 Oct 21, 2020

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I am using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. 

I have an arabic text in pdf document in which I am unable to search for words. No words in the document are found even though they do exist.

I will appreciate any help as to why I cannot search for words in the document.

 
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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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Can you make sure that your text is not an image, or outlined?

It could be related to the fonts used in the PDF, let us know what are the fonts used in the document by going to the following menu… File > Properties, then click on the "Fonts" tab to see the list of Arabic fonts. To make it easier for you, do provide screenshot of the list.

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Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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It's not an image, but I don't know if it's outlined or not

Capture d’écran (3).pngCapture d’écran (4).png

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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What happens when you select the text, copy it and then paste it in an editor, like Word? Does it come out looking like it should?

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Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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If I copy it and paste it, I will have unreadeable charactersCapture d’écran (5).png

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Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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Then the font encoding in the PDF file is bad.

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Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

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Apparently, the font is not a genuine Arabic font. I mean it is like AXT fonts in the past where the character drawing is an Arabic character shape but the font table is not Arabic. In the past with AXT fonts, we couldn't search either.

If you have original InDesign or MS. Word document, you may use other Arabic fonts that you purchased or that came with your Adobe subscription.

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