AddSearch supports crawling and indexing several document types. In addition to webpages, AddSearch can crawl and index PDFs as well as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents.

The support for the document types is available to Professional, Premium and Enterprise plans.

Use cases

Our clients render PDFs and Microsoft Office documents searchable for many reasons. Here are some popular examples:

  • Governments and municipalities produce public documents, most of which come in a digital form. As public organizations, their decision making needs to be transparent and the document types need to be easily discoverable.
  • E-commerce stores have technical specifications and promotion documents from the manufacturer. When these are rendered, customers can search these easily.
  • Some companies provide products where blueprints with careful measurements of the products are needed. The blueprints may, for instance, be parts of furniture, nuts, and bolts. Commonly blueprints are provided as PDFs.
  • Educational organizations and learning marketplaces organize courses where the materials may include PDFs, PowerPoint presentations as well as web pages.

In all of these cases, making PDFs and Microsoft Office documents searchable gives better user experience and makes the information better accessible. All of the use cases may also benefit a mix of search results that pin together of product web pages and document types. Pinning search results can be done using the pinned results feature. Read more about the pinned results from our documentation.

Instructions to set up document types

You can set up document types feature by following these instructions or taking the following steps

  1. Login to your AddSearch account
  2. Navigate to:
    1. Setup
    2. Domains and crawling
    3. Under Document types (PDF, Word, PowerPoint) enable PDF support

Picture of document types user interface.

When the setting is changed, a full re-crawl is required.

  1. Navigate to Index tools
  2. Initiate full re-crawl

Picture of full re-crawl user interface.

Please note: each document counts as a separate page in your plan’s page quota. Enabling Document types feature may cause you to exceed your quota.

The size limit of PDFs is 20 MB. If your PDFs exceed the size limit, you can request a custom limitation.

Filtering search results based on document types

In addition to the content, AddSearch indexes the metadata from PDFs and Microsoft Office documents. There are settings we can use to enhance what is indexed as well as what is shown in the search results. Please contact AddSearch Customer Support if you need help in setting up the search.

Filtering search results based on document types

You can filter the search results based on document types with category filters. Below you can see the supported category filters for document types

  • doctype_html
  • doctype_pdf
  • doctype_doc
  • doctype_docx
  • doctype_ppt
  • doctype_pptx

The category filter has the following syntax categories=doctype_pdf which you can add to the search script.

The following scripts show how to use the document types as filters in the search search Widget. Replace #### with your site key.

Include search results with PDF as the document type

<script src=""></script>

Include search results with pptx as the document type

<script src=""></script>

You can also create combinations of document types to include in the search results. For instance, the following filter includes search results with PDF, pptx and doc as the document type

<script src=",doctype_pptx,doctype_doc"></script>

For more information on category filters read further in the documentation on Search Filters.