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How To Search a PDF Document

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The information provided may be used to assist those that are not familiar using the search capability in Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 which is the Agency standard software version currently being used. If you are using another version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the information below may be useful; however, you may need to consult other resources.

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Displaying the Search Window Pane

When a PDF is opened in the Acrobat Reader, the search window pane may or may not be displayed. To display the search window pane, follow the steps and refer to Figure 1. below:

Figure 1.

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Search Options

There are several ways to search for information within a PDF document. These include the following:

Advanced Search Options

Brief explanation of the options available in the advanced search are:

Click "Use Advanced Search Options" near the bottom of the search window pane to display the advanced search information. To execute an advanced search request complete the following steps:

Basic Search

Click "Use Basic Search Options" near the bottom of the search window pane to display the basic search information. To execute a basic search request complete the following steps:

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Sample Search Request Using Advanced Search Options

For the purposes of this example, steps are provided to illustrate how to execute a search request for finding information about diazinon and kaolin in a PDF document. Assume that a PDF document is opened in the browser. If the search window pane is not displayed, please refer back to "Displaying the Search Window Pane" for assistance.

The Search Criteria

Below are the steps to be followed for completing a search request to find information about diazinon and kaolin. Refer to Figure 2.

Figure 2.

The Search Results

In this example, the search results produced 10 items in the PDF document for information about diazinon and kaolin. See Figure 3. below.

Figure 3.

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Additional Information

Setting a Preference for Displaying the Advanced Search Option as the Default

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