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Recognize Text with Acrobat

Acrobat can recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Recognizing text in your PDFs allows you to quickly search them.

  1. Right-click your PDF file. Choose Open With > Adobe Acrobat DC.
  2. In the top bar, click Tools then type Recognize. Choose Recognize Text from the results.
  3. In the lower part of the Enhance Scans toolbar that appears, click the Recognize Text button.
  4. Wait while the document is searched for text.
  5. Go to File > Save to save the changes to the file.

Recognize Text in Multiple Files

If you have a lot of PDFs you can recognize text in all of them at once.

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat DC.
  2. In the top bar, click Tools.
  3. In the listing, click Enhance Scans.
  4. Click Recognize Text in Multiple Files.
  5. Click Add Files… in the top left. Select your files or folder to recognize text in. Click OK.
  6. You have the option to replace the original files or to save to a new location.
    1. If you want to save the modified files to a new location choose A Folder on My Computer.
  7. Once you click OK it will start processing the files. It can take a while.

recognize_text_acrobat.txt · Last modified: 2019/09/09 12:11 by abrashear