SharePoint 2010 index Adobe PDF documents

Howto for indexing Adobe PDF documents in a SharePoint 2010 environment:

  1. Download and install Adobe’s 64-bit PDF iFilter:
  2. Download the Adobe PDF icon (select Small 17 x 17):
    1. Save the icon at this location: C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14TEMPLATEIMAGES
  3. Edit the DOCICON.XML file to include the PDF icon
    1. Navigate to C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14TEMPLATEXML
    2. Edit the DOCICON.XML file with notepad or a XML editor
    3. Scroll down to the section of the file
    4. Within the section, insert:
    5. Save and close the file
  4. Add PDF to the list of supported file types within SharePoint
    1. In the web browser, open SharePoint Central Administration
    2. Under Application Management, click on Manage service applications
    3. Scroll down the list of service apps and click on Search Service Application
    4. Within the Search Administration dashboard, in the sidebar on the left, click File Types
    5. Click ‘New File Type’ and enter PDF in the File extension box. Click OK
    6. Scroll down the list of file types and check that PDF is now listed and displaying the pdf icon.
    7. Close the web browser
  5. Stop and restart Internet Information Server (IIS). Run the command prompt as an Administrator
  6. Perform a full crawl of your index.  An incremental crawl is not sufficient when you have added a new file type.

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