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Scanned PDF contents not searchable by Windows Explorer Search Tool

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Hello,
I scanned a set of paper documents with Adobe Acrobat DC.
During the acquisition phase I enabled the “Recognize text (OCR)” option and also the “Add Metadata” option.
After saving the scanned PDF, if I search a word with the Acrobat search tool, I find it and everything works fine.

Instead, If I search a certain word in the directory where all my scanned PDFs are, using the Microsoft Explorer search tool, it does not find anything.

If I use the same Explorer Find tool on other PDFs, not scanned and OCR processed, but electronically generated, it finds al the words in the documents and the search output is a list of PDFs files that contain the searched word(s).

Why a scanned PDF is not searchable by the Explorer tool?

I also tried to use, after the scanning, the “Recognize Text” tool with all the 3 options (Searchable Image, Searchable Image Text, Editable Text and Image) but nothing changed.

Thanks in advance  for your help

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Scanned PDF contents not searchable by Windows Explorer Search Tool

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Hello,
I scanned a set of paper documents with Adobe Acrobat DC.
During the acquisition phase I enabled the “Recognize text (OCR)” option and also the “Add Metadata” option.
After saving the scanned PDF, if I search a word with the Acrobat search tool, I find it and everything works fine.

Instead, If I search a certain word in the directory where all my scanned PDFs are, using the Microsoft Explorer search tool, it does not find anything.

If I use the same Explorer Find tool on other PDFs, not scanned and OCR processed, but electronically generated, it finds al the words in the documents and the search output is a list of PDFs files that contain the searched word(s).

Why a scanned PDF is not searchable by the Explorer tool?

I also tried to use, after the scanning, the “Recognize Text” tool with all the 3 options (Searchable Image, Searchable Image Text, Editable Text and Image) but nothing changed.

Thanks in advance  for your help

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How to, Scan documents and OCR

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Hi,

As far as I remember the OCR text is not added as 'real text' like in a pdf you have created from a text document. Maybe you need to adjust the Indexing properties in Windows.

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