PDF Preview not working

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by umdjb, May 15, 2007.

  1. umdjb macrumors regular

    May 27, 2006
    Washington D.C.
    I am trying to search for words in a PDF document using Preview but when I type text into the search box nothing comes up.

    It was working a few weeks ago...Is there a setting that I am not aware of?
  2. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    That shouldn't happen. What happens if you try searching a plain text document instead?
  3. Richard Flynn macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    Are you talking about the same PDF—i.e. you could search it before, but now you can’t? If so, then I don’t know what the problem is.

    But if you can search some PDFs and not others, then that's because some PDFs are merely pictures of a printed page, and so the software (in this case, Preview.app) doesn't know that it's dealing with text, and doesn't know how to search that text. Hope that makes sense…
  4. BoughtAAPL@4.00 macrumors member

    May 14, 2007
    What happens if you search for those words using Acrobat Reader?

Share This Page