why can't I search on adobe reader x

I can't seem to search on Adobe Reader X. When I go to the Edit menu and pick find or advance search it pops up but when I type in what I am looking for it doesn't find anything. I am using words that I planly see on the document such as "The" but it keeps stating it finds nothing that matches. PLEASE help. Thank you!


Holly Squires


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Does this happen with any document, or only one specific one?

What happens when you switch to the Select tool (you may have to activate it in the menu View --> Show/Hide --> Toolbar Items --> Select & Zoom --> Select Tool ). Does the cursor change to the I-beam when you move it over text?

If the cursor remains the Arrow, your document does not consist of text, and can therefore not be searched; you would have to process it with an OCR function.

If the cursor changes to the I-beam, select some words, copy them to the clipboard, and paste them into a text editor of some kind. Compare the result with the text in the document. If you see ghibberisch, the document uses custom-encoded fonts, and you won't be able to search in it.

Finally also check the security settings: there may also be things restricting the search function.


Max Wyss   


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