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How to make a PDF Searchable (OCR)

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Win2PDF Desktop Export PDF to Searchable PDF


If you drag a PDF to the Win2PDF Desktop icon, or select a PDF from the open window when launching the Win2PDF Desktop application, the following options will be displayed under the "File" menu:

Win2PDF Desktop - Make PDF Searchable

Win2PDF Desktop - Make PDF Searchable



After selecting "Export -> PDF - Searchable (OCR)", you will be prompted to save the searchable PDF file. If the option is grayed out, you need to download and install the "Win2PDF OCR Add-on" from:


Win2PDF will recognize text from images and graphics using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and will save the text information in an invisible text layer to make the PDF searchable.


This is also available using the MAKESEARCHABLE command line.


This feature requires a licensed version of Win2PDF. Contact us for a time limited evaluation license.