SharePoint 2010 and Adobe PDF

SharePoint does not do crawl PDFs out of the box.. here is how to get it to do it.

  1. Download and install Adobe’s 64-bit PDF iFilter*1 http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025

  2. Download the Adobe PDF icon (select Small 17 x 17)  http://www.adobe.com/misc/linking.html

  3. Give the icon a name or accept the default: ‘pdficon_small.gif’

  4. Save the icon (or copy to) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\IMAGES

  5. Edit the DOCICON.XML file to include the PDF icon

  6. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\XML

  7. Edit the DOCICON.XML file (I open it in NotePad, you can also use the built-in XML Editor)

  8. Ignore the section <ByProgID> and scroll down to the <ByExtension> section of the file

  9. Within the <ByExtension> section, insert <Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdficon_small.gif” /> attribute. The easiest way is to copy an existing one – I usually just copy the line that starts <Mapping Key=”png”… and replace the parameters for Key and Value (see image below)

  10. Save and close the file

  11. Add PDF to the list of supported file types within SharePoint

  12. In the web browser, open SharePoint Central Administration

  13. Under Application Management, click on Manage service applications

  14. Scroll down the list of service apps and click on Search Service Application