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Making A PDF Text-searchable


Submitting text-searchable PDFs


All PDFs submitted to the Court must be text-searchable. Local Rule 25.1(e); Local Rule 25.2(b)(3).


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 clicking CTRL-F and entering the word in the Find box.


PDF Search box



If the message below appears, the document is not text-searchable.


Search result error message



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 searchable.


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 Tools > Text Recognition > In This File.


Text recognition menu




The Recognize Text popup box opens. Select All pages, then click OK.


Text recognition



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 by selecting Tools > Text Recognition > In Multiple Files.


Text recognition



The Recognize Text dialog box opens for adding the files or folders of documents to be made text-searchable.


Text recognition


When all the files or folders are added, click OK to start the text-recognition process. If numerous files or folders are selected, text-recognition processing may take quite a long time.


When all the pages in all documents are processed, try the same search to verify that each document now is text-searchable.



Last modified at 5/23/2016