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How can I tag a document so it shows up in Spotlight searches?

Nov 27, 2012 5:45 PM

Tags: #tags #acrobat #search #index #spotlight

I have a manuscript document, and I am trying to make it "searchable" (i.e., make it usable just as if it were a typeset document).


I would like to add text to it so that I can search in the document using Acrobat (or other pdf readers like Skim), and so I can find the document in Apple's Spotlight file-content searches. Is there any way to do that? In brief testing, it appears that a text comment does not show up in a Spotlight search, but I haven't tested this fully yet.

  • David Kastendick
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    Apr 7, 2010
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    Jan 18, 2013 4:45 PM   in reply to alanterra

    Open the document in Acrobat. Choose File > Document Properties.  Add text to the Subject, Author, or Keywords fields.  Save the file.  It might take spotlight a minute or two to index that data, but it should make future searches work and come up quickly.

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