[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


When editing and inserting text into a PDF, the entered text is not searchable

Posted on 2011-04-25
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
User is editing PDF and inserting boxes with text to use as markers as the PDFs are quite large and they need these flags to find certain information.

But after they enter the text its not searchable and they cannot change the font.

Can anyone assist?

thank you
Question by:LumbergsLackey
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Brian Gee
ID: 35463243
How large is this PDF in number of pages and file size? I just tested inputting text functionality using the Text Box Tool and the Typewriter tool in Acrobat X Pro and find that the search functionality for text in both is intact. I'm wondering if the size of the file is affecting stability which is making the inputted text not found...

Author Comment

ID: 35467269
I'll have to ask.  I'll get back to you soon.  Please monitor this thread.

Author Comment

ID: 35476038
The document is 12Mb
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

Brian Gee earned 2000 total points
ID: 35478200
I tested this again with a 23MB (76 page) scanned PDF file with combination of text boxes and typewriter input. Afterward, I did a CTRL + F and then searched for words and was able to find all the words in question.

Just to get a bit more information into this... is this a document converted from a Word document or scanned to PDF? It is protected in any way (maybe editing is fine but other functionality is hampered)? Is the text that is being inserted being drawn using the Add text box tool and then typed into, or is the Typewriter being used? Is another tool being employed like Commenting tools or anything else? How many pages is this document? Is the search being conducted using a CTRL + F and then typing the word in the Search box accordingly?

Sorry for so many questions, but I would like to get a better scenario in order to better assist.
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Brian Gee
ID: 35813676
I'm not sure if the CTRL + F yielded the results that should occur, but if the OP does not weigh-in here, I feel my recommendations of a step-by-step playback (in questions) would warrant disbursement of points in my favor.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

*Adobe Acrobat 9 was used for this article.  Particular steps may vary depending on software versions. Adobe Acrobat has many, many variables that my be utilized to customize your forms for clarity and ease of use. The Form Editing Tool will be y…
The advancement in technology has been a great source of betterment and empowerment for the human race, Nevertheless, this is not to say that technology doesn’t have any problems. We are bombarded with constant distractions, whether as an overload o…
In this video, we show how to convert an image-only PDF file into a PDF Searchable Image file, that is, a file with both the image (typically from scanning) and text, which is created in an automated fashion with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) …
This video Micro Tutorial is the first in a two-part series that shows how to create and use custom scanning profiles in Nuance's PaperPort 14.5 (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/17490/). But the ability to create custom scanning profiles al…
Suggested Courses

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question