When I search for a term like "formation water", preview returns everything starting with formation and not the term "formation water". How can I search for a phrase in Preview?

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  • Without double quotes, the query formation water returns every page that contain both the words formation and water, regardless of how they are scattered around the page.
    – epimorphic
    Nov 9, 2014 at 0:49

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Just like you would with a Google search, use the double quotes operator to tell Preview the result must be an exact match.

In your case, for example, typing "formation water" should yield the desired result.

  • Is there Apple documentation for this? Mar 29 at 4:53
  • @ryanwebjackson - not that I'm aware of.
    – zerohedge
    May 13 at 16:39

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