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Index and Search Local PDF Collections on Windows

Teach Windows XP or 2000 how to search the full text of your PDF along with your other documents. Or, use Adobe Reader to search PDF only.

Search is essential for utilizing document archives. Search can also find things where you might not have thought to look. The problem is that Windows search doesn’t know how to read PDF files, by default. We present a couple of solutions.

Search PDF with Adobe Reader

The free Adobe Reader 6.0 provides the easiest solution. It enables you to perform searches across your entire PDF collection (Edit Search). Its detailed query results include links to individual PDF pages and snippets of the text surrounding your query, as shown in Figure 2-5. Its Fast Find setting, enabled by default, caches the results of your searches, so subsequent searches go much faster. View or change the Reader search preferences by selecting Edit Preferences Search.


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