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At its most basic, Advanced Search examines only the current PDF file and is no more trying to use than the standard Find function:

  1. Select File > Advanced Search (or press Command/Control-Shift-F). Acrobat presents you with the Search dialog box (Figure 3).
  2. Figure 3 The Search dialog box let you specify the text you want to find and where and how you want to find it.

  3. Type your search text into the “What word or phrase” field.
  4. Click the Search button. Acrobat searches for all instances of your target text and presents you with a list of the hits within the document (Figure 4).
  5. Figure 4 The result of your search is a clickable list of hits within the document.

  6. Click on one of the items in the list to move to that instance of the target text (Figure 5).
  7. Figure 5 When you click on one of the items in the list of hits, Acrobat takes you to that text in the document.

  8. When you’re finished examining the list, close the Search window.

That’s all there is to it. It’s hard to see how the feature could be simpler without implementing a mind reading option. (Any month, now, I figure.)

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