Sumatra PDF is a PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR reader for Windows

"Find" in open document (suggestions)


Thank you for making an amazing and lightweight pdf reader program. What I would like to request (I was not able to find) was to have an overview of all the found elements for a specific text. I believe it is much simpler to have an overview of all found elements than going through them one by one using the find next functionality already implemented.

Below is a screenshot from another pdf program, which offers this functionality (though it is already free for commercial use, they have discontinued this version) but I would like to use Sumatra PDF as my main pdf reader since I like the simplicity with its full feature set.

I tried searching for a similar request, but found nothing that was equivalent, therefore the new thread.

Thank you again for the great program, I am looking forward to future improvements!

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There are multiple relevant threads going back many years if you search the old forum. Anyway, you can add your support to the following 2+ year old issue and maybe it will be implemented one day:

Hello everyone,

I first want to thank you for all of the work you’ve done on Sumatra pdf it is a wonderful application that I use a lot as a graduate student. I do have a feature request for the find function. If you’re willing to look into this it would make my workflow a lot quicker when using pdfs or other formats that you support. When I try to find something in a pdf Sumatra will find and highlight only one at a time. I would like to be able to see not only all of the words highlighted but to also have a count of matched words found with the position of the currently highlighted word among those found. Google Chrome, and MS Edge both do this well but Sumatra is just better in many other areas for looking at pdfs. Thank you for your time and work on this wonderful application.

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Word count feature has also been requested but couldn’t find the relevant issue.

The only thing that I’m missing every day are advanced search options. A quick way to get a grasp of all the occurrences of a particular word or phrase within a document would be a huge improvement and time saver. I keep a copy of STDU Viewer on all my computers just because it does this…

I’m not the biggest fan of how the find function works. To me it wasn’t obvious that you needed to press f3 to cycle through the found instances. I would prefer a keep pressing enter system or maybe make it a bit more obvious that f3 needs to be pressed. Or maybe I am just an idiot haha. Anyway have a nice day everyone!

F3 and (less commonly) Shift+F3 have traditionally functioned as shortcuts for Find Next/Prev in many Windows apps such as Notepad and Wordpad, browsers such as Firefox and Edge etc.

There are also Find Next/Prev arrows right alongside the Find text field, so even if you had no clue about F3 you could’ve always used those.

Not to mention that as long as the focus remains in the Find text field, you can indeed keep pressing Enter to cycle through the found instances.

Thanks by the way for making such a lightweight pdf viewer. I think something is not working for me then because if I press enter from the find text box it disappears with further enter presses only moving down the page. Also there are not Next/Prev arrows in my Find text field.

The Find Previous, Find Next and Toggle Case Sensitivity should always be visible to the right of the Find field, right from the start (i.e. even if not usable without a file open)

The appearance varies from version to version but should always be there unless in another viewing mode so it is removed when viewing fullscreen or in comic book / image mode or if using the alternative flowing help file or ebook interfaces where the text is not static but constantly reflowing.

Ok thanks for taking the time to explain it I found the problem. It was that I had the toolbar turned off. When using the popup find box the repeated enter thing doesn’t work.

I agree that in the “find box” the F3 “hint” is not very prominent and I too would expect enter to be an equivalent action, since it is in many other apps.

Is there any way the repeated use of the find dialog can be enhanced to allow search forward / back from current entry ?