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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

SP2010: Installing PDF iFilter and uploading Icon and enable search

Hi, this is a quick and easy process so not going to go into much detail:

First Download your iFilter

Then you need to download the Icon (

Copy the PDF icon here:
\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\IMAGES\

Browse to "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\XML." and edit the docicon.xml file
Add this line: <Mapping Key="pdf" Value="pdf16.gif"/>

Then you need to make sure that pdf's are included in your search
Browse to: \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension

Right Click on Extension and click new “Key” Call it .pdf

Under the newly create item there will be a default Reg_SZ value. Open it and paste the value below into the "value Data":

Restart the Sharepoint Server Search Service 14 Service.
Now you will be able to search for PDF's(After a new/incremental crawl)
It wil display the pdf icon.
Update: You have to set your Browser File Handling to Permissive to be able to view the pdf in your browser. You do this under the web application general settings.

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