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April 13, 2004

Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0

Finding Words

You can use the Find command to find a complete word or part of a word in the current PDF document.  Acrobat Reader looks for the word by reading every word on every page in the file, including text in form fields.

To find a word using the Find command:


Click the Find button (Binoculars), or choose Edit > Find.


Enter the text to find in the text box.


Select search options if necessary:

Match Whole Word Only finds only occurrences of the complete word you enter in the box.  For example, if you search for the word stick, the words tick and sticky will not be highlighted.

Match Case finds only words that contain exactly the same capitalization you enter in the box.

Find Backwards starts the search from the current page and goes backwards through the document.


Click Find.  Acrobat Reader finds the next occurrence of the word.

      To find the next occurrence of the word:

       Do one of the following:

       Choose Edit > Find Again

       Reopen the find dialog box, and click Find Again.  (The word must already be in the         Find text box.)

Copying and pasting text and graphics to another application

You can select text or a graphic in a PDF document, copy it to the Clipboard, and paste it into another application such as a word processor.  You can also paste text into a PDF document note or into a bookmark.  Once the selected text or graphic is on the Clipboard, you can switch to another application and paste it into another document.  

Note:  If a font copied from a PDF document is not available on the system displaying the copied text, the font cannot be preserved.  A default font  is substituted.

To select and copy it to the clipboard:


Select the text tool T, and do one of the following:

      To select a line of text, select the first letter of the sentence or phrase and drag to the last letter.  

      To select multiple columns of text (horizontally), hold down Ctrl+Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you drag across the width of the document.

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