Enabling the PDF iFilter in WSS

To install the Adobe PDF IFilter and to configure the Windows SharePoint Services Search service, follow these steps:

  1. Download and then install the Adobe PDF IFilter from the following Adobe Web site:
    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2611 (http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2611)

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  2. Add the following registry entry, and then set the registry entry value to pdf:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchApplicationsGatherSearchExtensionsExtensionList38

    To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchApplicationsGUIDGatherSearchExtensionsExtensionList
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
    4. Type 38, and then press ENTER.
    5. Right-click the registry entry that you created, and then click Modify.
    6. In the Value data box, type pdf, and then click OK.
  3. Verify that the following two registry subkeys are present and that they contain the appropriate values.

    Note These registry subkeys and the values that they contain are created when you installed the Adobe PDF IFilter on the server.

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchSetupContentIndexCommonFiltersExtension.pdf

      This registry subkey must contain the following registry entry:

      • Name: Default
        Type: REG_MULTI_SZ
        Data: {4C904448-74A9-11D0-AF6E-00C04FD8DC02}
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SearchSetupFilters.pdf

      This registry subkey must contain the following registry entries:

      • Name: Default
        Type: REG_SZ
        Data: (value not set)
      • Name: Extension
        Type: REG_SZ
        Data: pdf
      • Name: FileTypeBucket
        Type: REG_DWORD
        Data: 0x00000001 (1)
      • Name: MimeTypes
        Type: REG_SZ
        Data: application/pdf
  4. Upload the PDF documents to the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web site.
  5. Stop and then start the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
    2. Stop the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. To do this, type net stop spsearch at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
    3. Start the Windows SharePoint Services Search service. To do this, type net start spsearch at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
    4. Type exit to exit the command prompt.

Note If the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web site already had PDF documents before you installed the Adobe PDF IFilter on the server, you may have to perform an additional step. After you install and configure the Adobe PDF IFilter on the server, modify a property of the existing PDF documents on the server. For example, modify a metadata property such as the title, or upload the PDF documents to the Windows SharePoint Services Web site again. When you do this, the Windows SharePoint Services Search service crawls the existing PDF documents again.