How to make a PDF file searchable.

Easily search through long PDF files with a lot of text. Learn how to make scanned PDF documents searchable.

Once you scan a paper document into a PDF file, you may notice that you can’t search the text. Your scanner captures the pages as a flat image, which means there’s no text your PDF viewer can recognize. This can be a problem, especially with text-heavy documents.

Fortunately, it’s easy to resolve this issue. Read on to learn how to make a PDF file searchable.

Convert your document to make it searchable.

First, you’ll need to get your PDF viewer to recognize the text on your PDF file before you can search through it. You can do this by converting your PDF into a Word file with Adobe Acrobat online services — just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Navigate to the PDF to Word converter on your web browser.
  2. Upload your file to the converter.
  3. Download your converted file.

The converter will recognize all text on your PDF file. You can then simply convert the Word file back to a PDF document, and the text will remain searchable.

Work on your searchable PDF files.

Once you’ve made your PDF searchable, you can keep working on it with Acrobat online services. With the many available tools, you can edit PDF files, compress your PDF documents to smaller file sizes, or fill out and sign PDF forms — all the while keeping them searchable.

Explore what more you can do with Acrobat online services today.