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How to prevent a PDF file from being indexed by search engines?

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    Default How to prevent a PDF file from being indexed by search engines?

    How to prevent a PDF file from being indexed by search engines?

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    Default Re: How to prevent a PDF file from being indexed by search engines?

    The simplest way to prevent PDF documents from appearing in search results is to add an X-Robots-Tag: noindex in the HTTP header used to serve the file. If they're already indexed, they'll drop out over time if you use the X-Robot-Tag with the noindex directive.