How do I ensure that my document is text searchable?

Applying optical character recognition

Electronically filed documents must be text searchable. This allows readers to search for a word or a phrase within your document to more easily navigate to certain sections. 

If you are saving a Word document as a PDF, your document should be automatically text searchable.

If you have saved a PDF another way, you will probably need to use a PDF editing software to apply Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to make your document text searchable

Check to make sure that your method was successful by using the command CTRL+F (Command+F on Mac) and type in a word to search. If it highlights the word throughout your document, you know you have done it correctly!

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