Researcher Tips

How to find "Happiness" in Atom's eBooks …

This reader's tip should work for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (free) or Acrobat Pro.

To get search engine like results and have Acrobat search through a whole folder that you have populated with pdf e-books of your liking (preferably organized by category), type Ctrl+Shift+F (PC) and the following dialog will pop up …

Acrobat searching tip 1

Type your search word, select 'All PDF Documents in' and browse for your folder. A handful of these locations will be remembered and easily selectable the next time.

Search results will be presented similar to this:

Acrobat searching tip 2

Best to click on the Arrange Windows button, then click away in the search results.

Additionally …

  • If you're going to search through a few dozen of bulky e-books, Acrobat may at times lock up. Try increasing your indexing cache (Preferences > Search: make sure 'Enable Fast Find' is checked and increase Max. Cache Size). If that doesn't help, my impression is that Acrobat is still not using 64bit and might be unable to use all of your available memory. But no danger with Atom's catalog … yet! :)
  • Searches are pretty quick, depending on your computer and cache size. But logically, you don't want to search through your "Software Manuals" when the info is in your "Health Bibles." So, for great speed, organize your e-book folders wisely.
  • Another reason to organize well is that I haven't found an obvious way to clear or redefine the folder destinations …
  • Before downloading the free version, you probably want to uncheck the optional McAfee download.
  • It's not impossible that the free version will bug you with updates for which there's no easy way to opt out …
How to use Search Engines

See ORN blog … Cutting Through the Cyber-Bull