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VB.NET PDF - Search and Find PDF Text in VB.NET

Learn How to Search Text in PDF Document and Obtain Text Content and Location Information in VB.NET application

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Allow to search defined PDF file page or the whole document

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If the source PDF document is with multiple pages, it may be difficult for you to find certain text from the Microsoft PDF document page. Our VB.NET PDF Document Add-On enables you to search for text in target PDF document by using PDFPage class. Once you have found the text, various operations are available according to specific needs. For example, you can locate the searched text together with methods stated above.

API and VB.NET sample code below can be utilized to search for text in target PDF document in your Visual Studio project using VB language. Furthermore, if you are a Visual C# .NET programmer, you can go to this Visual C# tutorial for PDF text search in .NET project.

VB.NET Code Example of Finding Text

Add necessary references:









Use corresponding namespaces;

  using RasterEdge.Imaging.Basic;

  using RasterEdge.XDoc.PDF;

  using RasterEdge.Imaging.Basic.TextSearch;

The following coding example illustrates how to perform PDF text searching function in your VB.NET project, including setting search option, creating search result, and saving the result.

Public Shared Function TestSearch(ByVal fileName As String, ByVal matchString As String, ByVal cacheFile As String)

    ' Set search options.
    Dim options As RESearchOption = New RESearchOption()
    options.WholeWord = True
    options.IgnoreCase = True
    options.ContextExpansion = 30

    ' It will create a cach file if your PDF document is never been searched before. 
    If Not File.Exists(fileName) Then
        Dim document As BaseDocument = getBaseDocument(TestFilePath.InputFilePath + fileName)
        document.CacheSearchInfo(TestFilePath.InputFilePath + cacheFile)
    End If

    ' Create search result.
    Dim sResult As SearchResult = New SearchResult()

    ' Search and store the result in the entity of search structure.
    BaseDocument.Search(TestFilePath.InputFilePath + cacheFile, options, sResult)

End Function

Private Shared Function getBaseDocument(ByVal filePath As String) As BaseDocument

    Dim document As BaseDocument
    If filePath.EndsWith(".pdf") Then
        document = New PDFDocument(filePath)
    ElseIf (filePath.EndsWith(".docx")) Then
        document = New DOCXDocument(filePath)
    ElseIf (filePath.EndsWith(".xlsx")) Then
        document = New XLSXDocument(filePath)
        document = Nothing
    End If

    Return document

End Function