How to search multiple PDF documents at once

Searching multiple PDF documents manually for a keyword would be a tedious chore. Thankfully, there is a feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader that helps with this.

Search through multiple PDFs simultaneously with Acrobat Reader

There are several tools on the Internet for browsing multiple documents. Adobe’s Acrobat Reader is one of them – and many computers even have it installed.
If you don’t have it installed, you can download it directly from Adobe.

1. To search multiple PDFs for a keyword, first place all relevant documents in a folder.

2. Then open Acrobat Reader.
Click on “Edit” and then on “Advanced Search”. Alternatively, you can also open the menu with the shortcut [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [F].

3. In the section “Where would you like to search?”, select the option “All PDF documents in”. Also enter the folder where you saved the PDFs.
Now you have to type in your search term and you can adjust the search options.

4. Then click on “Search” and confirm with “OK”. Depending on the size of the searched PDF documents, this may take some time.
As soon as the search is completed, the results will be displayed. To display your search term in the document, simply click on the corresponding result.

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