All PDFs filed with the Court must be text searchable. See
Local Rule 25.1(e) and Interim Local Rule
How to determine whether a PDF is searchable
Try searching for a word known to be in the document
(preferably a word that appears on several different pages).
If the message below appears, the document is not searchable.
How to make a PDF searchable
Regardless of how the PDF was created (by scanning or by
converting a Word or WordPerfect file), the PDF can be made searchable. The following
instructions apply to making a PDF searchable using Adobe Acrobat
1. Click on Document in the menu bar
2. Mouseover OCR Text Recognition
3. Click on Recognize Text Using OCR
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 itself. 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 searchable.
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