Search in pdf not working any longer

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by dcaccount, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. dcaccount macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hello,

    after the update to Mojave, I am not able any longer to look for words inside PDF using Apple preview.

    Am I doing something wrong or is it a bug?

    Please advise.

    Thanks,
    dan
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

    FreakinEurekan

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    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    #2
    It's working fine here. Likely the PDF you're searching, has images & not text in it. You can use OCR software to read the text from the images & convert it to searchable.
     
  3. PhilMH macrumors newbie

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    #3
    I have the same issue since updating to Mojave. This seems to be an issue that other Mac users face as well: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8561522
     
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

    FreakinEurekan

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    #4
    Yep, I have seen the behavior myself recently. As a work-around, if you do Command-P to open Print Preview, then click the PDF drop-down at the bottom and choose Open in Preview, it'll create a new file that is text-searchable. So it seems that there are some formats that Preview is having trouble with.
     

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