When it comes to maintaining a clean workspace, a scanner is by far one of the best tools for the job. With a scanner, you can easily store all of those documents from your desk into your computer. The great thing about having them on your computer is that there is an endless number of possibilities with what you can do. Honestly, the only reason why I scan documents onto my computer is so that I can search through them, especially for longer documents. By using Adobe Acrobat’s OCR-recognition feature, you can now turn those long, small-font, paper documents into digital text-searchable documents. Here’s how:
- Turn on your scanner.
- Open up Acrobat and go to File > Create PDF > From Scanner…
- In the Acrobat Scan window, adjust the settings to your liking.
- Be sure to check off “Make Searchable” and “Make Accessible”.
- If you want, click on the “Options” button under Text Recognition and Metadata to edit the OCR settings.
- Now click on the “Scan” button to scan the document into Acrobat.
- When the scan is done, wait for Acrobat to finalize the document so it’s searchable.
- Now when you open up the PDF with Acrobat or Preview, it is now searchable (text) and when you search with Spotlight it will go through those PDF’s as well.