Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Searching the contents of PDF files on 64-bit Microsoft Windows

Microsoft® Windows® Search uses a component called an iFilter to extract text from files when indexing.  There are iFilters for many file formats available.

In order to use Microsoft Windows Search to search PDF files, you need to have an iFilter for the PDF file format installed on your system.  Adobe® Reader includes an iFilter for 32 bit Microsoft Windows platforms.  For 64-bit systems, you need to install Adobe PDF iFilter which is available here:

Once the iFilter is installed, Windows Search will index the contents of any PDFs found on your hard drive and allow you to search for text found inside of the PDF.  If you also have installed EZ Notes Search from you will also be able to search for text found inside of any PDF attachments in your IBM® Lotus® Notes® local mail or archive files.

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