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How to Find Text in PDF

GoodReader comes with a basic text search feature.


Press the Search button to open the Find dialog:


Some PDF files may be unsearchable. The most likely reason for that is a scanned page that may look like a text, but in reality it is a picture. It`s easy to verify if this is the case. Tap on what looks like a text and hold it for a second to see if it gets selected as a text. If it does, then this text is probably going to be searchable.

There may be an issue with text searching in right-to-left reading languages such as Hebrew and Arabic. While the nature of this text is right-to-left, some PDF Composing software may encode the characters in a left-to-right manner. This means that in order to find a text, you may have to enter it backwards – this is how this text is stored within the file. To make things easier for you, we`re offering a Flip String switch, specifically for cases like this. GoodReader will do the text flipping internally, and it will look like a normal text search operation to you.


Related Questions

Great App. I use it daily

I bought the first version when it came out. I was glad to buy the update. The file system provides functionality that I need. I keep pdfs, jpgs, and even docx documents in it. I keep forms I regularly use. I keep a lot of graphics on my iPads and GoodReader is the best tool for organizing them. The ability to annotate pdfs is crucial since I can keep the original and the annotated version. I can see things I could do with it but just haven`t put them in my work flow yet. So far it works the way I want it to work on my iPad Pro including using the Apple Pencil. I purchased the Pro version and it works well. I thought the iOS Files app would reduce my need for GoodReader but it has not. There are quirks to Files that make it less useful for me. For one thing I want my primary storage to always be on my iPads. I often work in locations with no wifi access so local storage is essential. Backup to iCloud works the way I want it to.


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