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Chapter 2. Acrobat Reader in Depth > Searching Your Document

Searching Your Document

The Find command is useful, but it can be incredibly slow and tedious. Acrobat Reader has to crawl through the entire document, looking for each individual occurrence of the word or phrase you've specified. In a document hundreds of pages long, this can add up to a serious time commitment.

The Search command, on the other hand, is much more powerful. It uses an index—a database of all the words in the document—to find the word, phrase, characters, or numbers you're looking for. And therein lies the one drawback to the Search command: It works only on documents that have been indexed, and indexing can be done only by the full version of Acrobat (using its Catalog component). But Search can look for a word that stems from another word or that sounds like another word, or it can check the thesaurus. With the Select Indexes command, you can choose a predefined index to use in your search.


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