Windows 10: Searching PDF's

Discus and support Searching PDF's in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi, thanks for you help. I do a lot of research for topics in economics and philosophy. Many of the resources that I use are in the public domain. I am... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by George C, May 28, 2016.

  1. George C Win User

    Searching PDF's


    Hi, thanks for you help. I do a lot of research for topics in economics and philosophy. Many of the resources that I use are in the public domain. I am trying to find a convenient way to download this documents to my computer and maintain them in a searchable form. One of the easiest formats to find these documents is PDF, but PDF is not easily searchable to my knowledge with the software that I have available.

    I have Windows 10 and Office online (Office 365?)

    Can anyone make suggestions regarding techniques, formats or software?

    Thank you.


    :)
     
    George C, May 28, 2016
    #1
  2. RachJ Win User

    Error - explorer.exe - the data area passed to a system call is too small

    I had this problem in explorer.exe after searching for a .pdf file.

    Instead of opening the .pdf file directly from the search results, right click on the .pdf file, open file location, then open the file.
     
    RachJ, May 28, 2016
    #2
  3. Microsoft Print to PDF, troublesome T attribute

    Use BulkFileChanger (from Nirsoft) or PowerShell command to unset "T" attribute. More here:

    Windows Search Not Listing Microsoft Print to PDF Files - The Winhelponline Blog :

    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/search-not-indexing-pdf-ms-print-to-pdf/


    Related Links

    MS Print to PDF adds the "T" (temporary) attribute when writing to PDF which causes Windows Search to skip the file.

    Microsoft Print to PDF, troublesome T attribute

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/103237

    fsutil | oasysadmin
     
    Ramesh Srinivasan, May 28, 2016
    #3
  4. Rocky Win User

    Searching PDF's

    Rocky, May 28, 2016
    #4
  5. dalchina New Member
    Hello, I expect you are aware that there are different types of pdfs. Some are image based- so the text page is a picture, and so not editable or searchable.

    You can convert such pdf's to searchable pdfs using e.g. Abbyy Finereader or Paperport.. or other software capable of OCR.

    Note that Windows search using explorer will search text based pdf's where the folder they are in has been indexed.
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)

    Your search text has to be in ""
    This is probably little known.

    Example:

    Searching PDF's [​IMG]


    If I simply entered *.pdf I would get a lot of files.
    This does not work where the folder is not in the Indexing Options (see Control Panel).

    Tools like Google Desktop Search (not supported, still works) can maintain an 'instantly' searchable index.
     
    dalchina, Apr 4, 2018
    #5
Thema:

Searching PDF's

Loading...
  1. Searching PDF's - Similar Threads - Searching PDF's

  2. pdf \ Arabic cannot search

    in Windows 10 Gaming
    pdf \ Arabic cannot search: Hello Please help I always get trouble with using some pdf files ,which their content is Arabic, and especially when I search for a word or phrase inside. It does not offer a fully search even it is not treated by OCR.For example, one file when I copy and paste a content from...
  3. pdf \ Arabic cannot search

    in Windows 10 Software and Apps
    pdf \ Arabic cannot search: Hello Please help I always get trouble with using some pdf files ,which their content is Arabic, and especially when I search for a word or phrase inside. It does not offer a fully search even it is not treated by OCR.For example, one file when I copy and paste a content from...
  4. windows 11 file explorer does not search pdf content searches PDF titles and doc content

    in Windows 10 Gaming
    windows 11 file explorer does not search pdf content searches PDF titles and doc content: Computer is a few weeks old, recently upgraded from Windows 10 to 11. The file explorer search was working properly with Windows 10, and initially with Windows 11.I have another computer with Windows 11 initially installed that does not have this problem.I have deleted and...
  5. windows 11 file explorer does not search pdf content searches PDF titles and doc content

    in Windows 10 Software and Apps
    windows 11 file explorer does not search pdf content searches PDF titles and doc content: Computer is a few weeks old, recently upgraded from Windows 10 to 11. The file explorer search was working properly with Windows 10, and initially with Windows 11.I have another computer with Windows 11 initially installed that does not have this problem.I have deleted and...
  6. top of PDF file when opened by Windows no search within document?

    in Windows 10 Customization
    top of PDF file when opened by Windows no search within document?: I have inserted an image of the top part of the PDF that opens on Windows when I download documents. It does not remotely look like the Adobe one that I have on my laptop.Is there NO way to search for something within the document like putting in a name somewhere? On my old...
  7. Trying to open a pdf file opens new File Explorer Search instance?

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    Trying to open a pdf file opens new File Explorer Search instance?: I'm using: Edition: Windows 10 ProVersion: 20H2Installed: 10/‎6/‎2020OS build: 19042.1083Experience: Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3530.0Each time I try opening a document/file, a new instance of File Explorer opens to the Search feature with a message telling me...
  8. Search only searching contents in PDF files

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    Search only searching contents in PDF files: Hello, lately when I use File Explorer to search the contents of my Word documents, the search is not yielding any results apart from PDF files. I have tried every fix and update I have seen in the community and it has not fixed the problem. I'm running Windows 10 and this...
  9. PDF search in Edge

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    PDF search in Edge: until recently, I was able to search a PDF document in Edge using the CTRL + F switch. Now, when I try and use that function, it will only search the page I am on. I have looked all over trying to find the option to search the entire document and cannot find it....
  10. Search within many PDF's?

    in Windows 10 Ask Insider
    Search within many PDF's?: Trying to see if I can search within PDF files. Lets say I have 600 individual PDF files. They all have non-descript file names due to automatic file numbering when the data gets produced. Lets say I want to search within this folder and find which PDF file contains "Mary...