Submitting text-searchable PDFs
All PDFs submitted to the Court must be text-searchable. Local
Rule 25.1(e); Interim Local Rule
How to determine whether a PDF is text-searchable
After opening the PDF, try searching for a word known to be in
the document (preferably a word that appears on several
different pages) by entering the word into the search box.
If the message below appears, the document is not
Alternatively, use the mouse to highlight a word in the text.
If a single word cannot be highlighted and the entire page
turns blue to indicate it is an image, the text is not
How to make a PDF text-searchable
The following instructions apply to making a PDF
text-searchable in Adobe Acrobat Professional or Standard:
Click on Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognize Text
The text recognition process will proceed page by page. Please
note that for a very long document the process may take
several minutes to complete. Enabling text-searchability in
multiple documents at once can be accomplished through batch
processing by following these instructions on the Adobe site.
When all the pages are processed, try the same search to
verify that the document now is text-searchable.
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Last modified at 8/30/2010