Verifications and Document Testing Before Submission
6.1 Searchable Text (Hidden Text Error)
Follow these steps to verify that Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been
applied correctly to the image-only scanned pages.
• Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Professional.
Make sure you’re in the “Scrolling pages” view
the “One full page”
• From the main menu, select Edit > Select All (Ctrl+A) to select all the text on all
pages. Another way is to click the Select button on the Tools menu and place the
mouse cursor on the first character of the very first page. With the left-mouse button
pressed, drag downward through the pages until you get the last character.
If the text is highlighted, it means that Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process
ran correctly and that there is searchable text (hidden text). If, however, the whole
page has a blue box, this means the OCR process has not been run (no
searchable/hidden text), hence the OCR process needs to be run.
A warning message will appear if OCR process has never been run. At this time, you have
the option of running the OCR process. Click the OK button to start the OCR process. In the
Recognize Text window, choose one of the options, i.e. All pages/Current pages/From
• The OCR process may also be started manually by going to the Main menu and
selecting Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognize Text Using OCR….