Can I search the text inside of my files?

Yes — using the Upthere web app, you can search the text contents inside your documents: Adobe Acrobat files (.PDF), spreadsheets, presentations, Microsoft Office documents, text documents, and tons of other file types. No more trying to guess where a certain word, number, or phrase appears in your files — let our search do the work for you!


Log into the Upthere web app at


In the search box on the right side of the page, enter the number 150 to search your budget spreadsheets for an entry of $150.00. Use the search box to enter any text that appears in your documents:


When search results appear, tap/click on a document to open it


On a Mac or PC, click into the text of the document, then press the Command + F keys on your Mac’s keyboard (Ctrl + F on a Windows keyboard). On a mobile device, select Find from the browser's settings menu. In the Find utility, enter the same words you searched for in step 2 above:


This will show you all instances of the search terms in your document. Use the Find utility’s arrow buttons (to the right of the search box) to jump to the exact spot where the term appears.

Here's a video demo showing these steps:

Note: here's a list of file types whose text contents are searchable in the Upthere web app:

Mac & Windows:

  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
  • MS Word (.doc , .docx)
  • MS Excel Spreadsheet (.xls , .xlsx , .csv)
  • MS PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt , .pptx)
  • Text (.txt .rtf .log .js .php .asp & any code / source / web page)
  • Web page (.html , .htm)
  • Email Messages (.pdf as exported by Gmail > Google Drive)

Mac only:

  • Numbers spreadsheet (.numbers)
  • Keynote presentation (.key)
  • Pages document (.pages)

Windows only:

  • MS Outlook email messages (.msg)

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