How to Create a Searchable PDF in Nuance and Perform a Search

Friday, March 31, 2017
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With your new ScanSnap scanner, you received a copy of Nuance Power PDF. Nuance is a powerful tool to aid you in editing newly scanned documents. A valuable feature present with Power PDF is the ability to create searchable PDFs. Having a searchable PDF document comes in handy when you’re looking for a specific PDF document among many. Normally, PDFs are similar to JPEGs in that they’re not initially searchable. Nuance Power PDF changes that with Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Below I’ll walk through the steps to create a searchable PDF within Nuance and subsequently search for a phrase in that document.

Step 1

Once you have opened the document you would like to perform character recognition on, direct your mouse to the top of the Nuance Software toolbar and select “Make PDF Searchable”.

How to Create a Searchable PDF in Nuance and Perform a Search

 

Step 2

After selecting “Make PDF Searchable” a window will pop up as shown below. This window shows the OCR process occurring and gives you information on the percentage of completion for your document.

How to Create a Searchable PDF in Nuance and Perform a Search

 

Step 3

With the conversion complete, your PDF is now searchable. Do a test search! In the ribbon at the top of the Nuance software, select the “Search” tab as shown below. Search using a phrase from the document. Nuance will ask you to select the page(s) that include the searched phrase.

How to Create a Searchable PDF in Nuance and Perform a Search

 

Cristin Padgett
Business Development Representative
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

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