Advanced Search in Adobe Acrobat DC

Advanced Search in Adobe Acrobat DC

In this quick tip, I will explain to you how to use the advantage of Advanced Search in Adobe Acrobat DC. Find and Search in Acrobat DC differs because Find allows you to search current document while Search allows you to search entire folders or drives for PDF documents which contain typed words or phrases.

How to use Advanced Search in Acrobat DC

To access Advanced Search go to Edit > Advanced Search or press Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + F on your keyboard. Another way is to click the triangle on the right side of Find pop-up dialog and to choose: Open Full Acrobat Search.
Open Full Acrobat Search

When Search window appears, choose to search current document (In the current document) or all PDF files that are stored on folder or drive (All PDF Documents in) > use drop down to select folder or drive.
Choose folder or drive to search

Type word or phrase in the text field below: What word or phrase would you like to search for?
Type search phrase

It is good practice to limit the search to Whole words only to decrease the number of broad matches without this option checked.

There is also an option to check Case-Sensitive to limit matches even more. Think about this option because it is very specific and you must know exact word and case in which it appears in a document that you are looking for.

If you want to expand the search to Bookmarks and Comments (in case they are present in documents) check Include Bookmarks and/or Include Comments.

For even more powerful search click on Show More Options link at the bottom of the Search window. Please visit this link for detailed explanation of each available option.
Show more options for advanced search

Lastly, click on Search button to begin the search.

When Acrobat finishes searching you will see displayed result with all documents listed and Sort By drop-down list to sort by Relevance Ranking, Date Modified, Filename, and Location.
Sort Search Result

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Searching PDF's


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