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How to Search PDF Files on Google

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2023-12-07 15:40:58 • Filed to: PDF Edit • Proven solutions

Are you stuck on how to search for PDF on Google? If you are caught between the rock and a hard place on how to find any PDF on Google, then this article is here for you. In this article, you will receive a thorough guide on how to use Google search PDF.

How to Search for PDF on Google

Searching for a specific document on Google displays hundreds of look-alike files. If you search for example a specific topic, several files of the same topics will be displayed and it, therefore, becomes extremely hard to locate the target file. In fact, files of different types will be displayed which just makes it more complex to locate the specific PDF file. However, by narrowing your search using specific instructions, you can easily search and find the respective PDF file with ease as explained below.

Step 1. Open your web browser and navigate to the Google Website.

Step 2. Now type the keywords that will return the desired PDF file within the search box. For instance, if you are looking for a specific PDF book, you can just type the title of the book within the search bar. You can place the quotation marks on both ends so that the result will only display the matched word or phrase. However, if your interest is to display a range of PDF documents within a given field, simply enter a relevant topic.

Step 3. To instruct Google to only display PDF files, add the "pdf" instruction at the end of the search keyword.

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Step 4. Click the "Search" button to trigger the search process. When the results are displayed, go through the results to identify the target PDF. You can click the respective links to view each PDF files better.

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Here is the steps for searching text in PDF.

Step 1. Open a PDF File

Access the primary window. Locate and click the "Open File" tab to open the file explorer window. Choose the PDF file you want to find the target word and click "Open" to upload it. The PDF file will be uploaded and automatically loaded on the program.

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Step 2. Search Text in PDF

Locate and click the "Search" icon on the left pane. The search bar will be automatically displayed so that you can enter the word you want to search. Select the desired match option by choosing either of the "Match case" and "Match Whole Word".

Enter the keyword within the search box and click the search trigger icon or simply press the "Enter" key on the keyboard. The match results will be displayed under the search box while the respective matched words will be highlighted on the PDF file itself. Navigate and identify the word you were looking for then replace is if you want.

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Alternatively, press the combination of "Ctrl + F" buttons on your keyboard to display a "Find" window on the top right of the main window. Enter the desired word within the Find box and press the "Enter" button to commence the search. The program will then highlight the search results on the PDF file itself. Use the "Previous" and "Next" Find buttons to locate the target word.

To replace the word, click on "Replace with" then enter the word you want to replace with and hit "Replace".

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