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Q: I searched for some text, but when I select a document it takes me to the top of the page rather than to the search text. How come?

A: The search function can only display the Acrobat document containing the text. Once you have the document open, you can use Acrobat's Find command to look for words within that particular document. See the Basic Search description above.