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I just finished scanning more than 10,000 documents and I save them as PDF but as they're scanned so I cannot search through their contents.

Then I decided to use this program and add some keyword to each PDF file.(Title,Subject and Keywords came as a default additional field in PDF format)

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But unfortunately I cannot search through either title,subject or keyword in windows search; However those additional details appear when I other windows explorer like CubicExplorer but still I cannot search through them.

any idea/solution would be a great ... preferably not an online service, Thanks

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Install PDF iFilter and use standart Windows Search or WDS 4 at Windows XP/2000.

Acrobat Help / Acrobat X | Reader X 32-bit and 64-bit iFilter

Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms



search-ms:query=(ext:.pdf) "filesystem"

Run search query WDS 4:

run search query WDS 4

WDS 4 Result:

WDS 4 Result

Adobe Acrobat XI Search instance:

Adobe Acrobat XI Search instance

WDS 4 Status:

WDS 4 Status

IFilter Explorer:

IFilter Explorer old tools

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@Karan Even as indexes. I'll tell you more if you put iFilters such as Autodesk is able to search for text within the drawings. – STTR Jun 19 '13 at 19:38
+1 Interesting, seems it does work. Wonder why Sammy had problems with it then. – Karan Jun 19 '13 at 21:09
@Karan May be IFilter Explorer help? – STTR Jun 19 '13 at 23:05
Maybe. I did tell him about IFilter Explorer in another question. Anyway, it's not my problem, and not the OP's problem here so don't worry about it. – Karan Jun 19 '13 at 23:07

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