Find text in PDFs in Preview on Mac
You can open a PDF or other document in Preview, then search for a word or any set of characters.
In the Preview app on your Mac, open a PDF.
In the Preview toolbar, type a word or phrase in the search field (you may need to resize the window to see it).
To find an exact phrase, click the magnifying glass , then choose Exact Phrase.
Do any of the following in the search results:
Go to the next or previous search result: Click the Next or Previous button.
Sort the search results by number of matches: Click Search Rank.
Sort the search results by page number: Click Page Order.
When you’re finished, click the Delete button in the search field.