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How to Make your PDF files searchable in Windows

Modern versions of Windows have a great built-in seach feature, which will search all of your documents for specific text that you enter into the Search box in Explorer:

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Some versions of Windows don’t search PDF files however.  This post will tell you how to fix this issue. 

In my experience, PDFs are searchable in 32-bit versions of Windows, once the Adobe Acroboat Reader program is installed.  But 64-bit versions of Windows don’t seem to index PDF files properly.  This applies to both

Here’s how to fix the issue:

  1. Download and Install the Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms  (this link goes straight to Adobe’s website for download).  You will get a ZIP file with an installable MSI file inside. 
  2. Reset your search index.  Click on the Windows Start button and type “Indexing options”, and launch the utility (if you’re using Windows 8, click on Settings to see the option).  Then click on Advanced, and then click on Rebuild

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The dialogs above are for Windows 8.  They may look slightly different, depending on your Windows version.  Give you system time to rebuild the search index, but within a few hours you should be able to search PDF files without issue.

Setup a Windows 8 PC from scratch

Here’s a list of useful utilities for Windows 8:

Blogging Software

  1. Windows Live Writer 2012 (English) – Download

Screen Capture Software

  1. Techsmith Snagit – Download
  2. Screenshot Captor – Download

Multi-monitor Software

  1. Ultramon – Download
  2. Display Fusion – Download
  3. Actual Multiple Monitors – Download

Here are a couple comparisons of software for managing multiple monitors:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Xeyelax/Comparison_of_multi-monitor_software
http://alternativeto.net/software/ultramon/

Adapt Windows 8/8.1 to a Desktop PC

  1. Start8 – Download
  2. ModernMix – Download

Password Management

  1. Roboform – Download

Web Development

  1. Web Matrix – Download
  2. FileZilla FTP client – Download

Anti-virus and anti-malware

  1. Microsoft Security Essentials – Download
  2. Norton™ AntiVirus – Download
  3. Avast – Download

Spyware Scanners, Removers and Blockers

  1. Windows Defender – Download
  2. SpywareBlaster – Download
  3. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – Download

CD/DVD Burning

  1. Nero 12 Burner ( Best) – Download
  2. Ashampoo Burning Studio – Download
  3. ImgBurn – Download

Desktop Enhancments

  1. Google Chrome App Launcher for Windows  Desktop : Download
  2. ObjectDock – Download
  3. Stardock Fences – Download

Download Managers

  1. Free Download Manager – Download
  2. DownThemAll – Download

Fire Wall

  1. ZoneAlarm® Free Firewall 2013 – Download
  2. Comodo Firewall – Download
  3. PeerBlock – Download

Media Codecs/Codec Packs

  1. K-Lite Codec Pack – Download
  2. FFDShow – Download
  3. Quicktime – Download

Media Players (Audio and Video)

  1. iTunes – Download
  2. Media Monkey – Download
  3. VLC Player – Download
  4. Media Player Classic – Download
  5. MPC-HC – Download

Office

  1. Microsoft Office – Download
  2. Open Office – Download

PDF Readers

  1. Adobe PDF Reader – Download
  2. Foxit PDF Reader – Download

Photo Editors and Viewers

  1. Picasa – Download
  2. Irfanview – Download
  3. Faststone Image Viewer – Download

Web Browsers

  1. Google Chrome – Download
  2. Mozilla Firefox – Download
  3. Opera – Download

Zip Utilities

  1. 7-Zip – Download
  2. WinRar – Download
  3. WinZip – Download

Logitech Wireless Mouse M525

imageI have used the Logitech Wireless Mouse M525 at my job since January 2012, and I just bought one for my home office.  Don’t know why I waited so long.  This is the best mouse I’ve ever used, and at roughly $30 delivered, there isn’t much reason to be without one. 

Logitech considers this a portable mouse, and you could use it that way, but I have used it exclusively at my desk. 

Favorite features:

  • the micro precision scroll wheel is fantastic.  It operates smoothly, has a lot more precision than standard scroll wheels, and it is relatively quiet.  You can also tilt it right or left to go back or forward in browsers and other apps.
  • great overall ergonomics:  I have big hands, and the mouse still feels ideally weighted and the controls are great. 
  • 3 year battery life:  the mouse ships with alkaline batteries, and I’ve never had to change them
  • Logitech’s small “unifying receiver”:  The USB dongle the mouse uses is tiny, and it works great with other Logitech wireless peripherals.  I think it is much more simple, reliable and power friendly than using Bluetooth. 
  • Variety of colors/patterns:  I like the dark red one the best (in the picture above), but they vary in price so you should check all of the colors if price is significantly different.
    I tried the M305 model because it was about $10 cheaper.  It gets great reviews, but after using the M525, I m simply not happy with it.  The M305 is not as nicely weighted, it looks cheaper, and the scroll wheel is loud, and not smooth/refined at all.  I would definitely suggest paying extra for the M525.   

Here’s a link to check it out on Amazon, and some of the Logitech marketing info is listed below..

Mouse around your house
    Improved scroll control
  • Innovative Micro-precision scroll wheel  puts more control under your finger with more grooves per millimeter
  • Faster, easier web navigation and scrolling through long web pages
  • Tilt wheel lets you move backward and forward on the web, just like a swipe*
Hand-activated power
         Long-lasting power
  • 3 full years of battery life means you almost never need to change batteries**
  • On-Off switch and smart sleep mode save power
  • Battery indicator light eliminates surprises
Mouse around your house
          Hand-friendly design
  • Ergonomic shape and soft rubber grips conform to your hand and feel naturally comfortable
  • Compact size is easy to take with you from home to work or anywhere you use your computer
Plug-and-forget Logitech Unifying receiver

    Versatile USB wireless receiver
  • Unifying receiver connects up to 6 Unifying-compatible devices.
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  • Add a keyboard or switch between mice without changing receivers or filling up all your USB ports
  • So tiny it can stay in your laptop wherever you go
Plug-and-forget Logitech Unifying receiver
               Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking
  • Laser-grade precision even on smooth, glossy surfaces that challenge standard optical mice
  • Uses less power so your battery lasts longer