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iPad Can we search words in a document in the files app?

Tommy c

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Sep 9, 2012
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Hi Guys,

I did try to search this which no real results. Maybe I’m asking the wrong thing, or saying it wrong. I’m trying to search my purchase orders I make at work to see if i ordered a part and when. I can search this on my Mac deep in the PO itself, but not the iPad. For instance, if I type CAP-2M7F-250V, I just get a result that shows any document starting with the letter C and not what’s inside the document. These are PDF’s and i do have adobe acrobat reader on the iPad, but I’m doing this in the Flies app directly. When I make a new order, I add it the whole folder and it’s updated automatically in the files app. That is why.

I attached a picture below. I get the actually whole document. I want what’s inside the document. Is this not possible On the iPad?
 

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VineRider

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You can do this via spotlight search

 
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Tommy c

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You can do this via spotlight search

It does not work. I just tried that. If I try to search for a part in my PDF's, I get no search results. You do know what I'm trying to do correct? If I type in my part, for exampl: CAP-1MF-250V Nothing comes up. I only get 2 results because the name 2 PDF’s happen to start with CAP. I’ll get the name of the document, if it’s there.

I’ll I want to do is deep search inside the PDF’s and IOS can’t do this it seems.
 
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VineRider

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It does not work. I just tried that. If I try to search for a part in my PDF's, I get no search results. You do know what I'm trying to do correct? If I type in my part, for exampl: CAP-1MF-250V Nothing comes up. I only get 2 results because the name 2 PDF’s happen to start with CAP. I’ll get the name of the document, if it’s there.

I’ll I want to do is deep search inside the PDF’s and IOS can’t do this it seems.
You are correct. I understand your issue now. My first test found the file by search for a file name. When I tried a search for a phrase within a file contents it didn’t work. Bummer
 
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Tommy c

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Sep 9, 2012
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Pocono PA
You are correct. I understand your issue now. My first test found the file by search for a file name. When I tried a search for a phrase within a file contents it didn’t work. Bummer
Yea, exactly. This seems to never be mentioned at all when I see reviews of the iPad or any IOS device. The iPad can never be a laptop replacement as long as this function is not doable. I really love this iPad too. I wonder why this is not allowed in IOS.
 
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