Hidden Gems in Acrobat DC: Edit the Same Word Across Several PDFs

Whether you’re digitizing workflows, managing an extensive filing structure, or collaborating with coworkers, Acrobat DC is a powerful tool. After decades of working with Acrobat you may think you’ve seen it all, but we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeves.

You’ve been keeping a beautifully curated, organized library of PDFs for your team. Suddenly, disaster strikes – rebrand. It’s up to you to pore through each document and ensure that the terminology is updated throughout each document. Luckily Acrobat DC is here to help, easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Advanced Search – Locate all the PDF files you need to update using the Advanced Search command under Edit > Advanced Search. In the search dialog, select “All PDF Documents in,” and identify the search location. Enter the word you’d like to search for and ultimately replace.


  1. Select the Files to Update – When the list of documents is populated, select the relevant filenames. Click “Find a word in the current document” at the bottom of the dialog box.


  1. Find and Replace – When the Find and Replace dialog box opens, simply enter the updated terminology and click “Replace.” Repeat this for each of the files in the search results.


Check out the step-by-step video for more information:

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