{copy-paste} is about copying text and other elements from one place (often a PDF file) and allowing it to be pasted. Searching for text (in a PDF file) is a process closely related to copying because both use the OCR (optical character recognition) layer in the PDF file.

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Can or will pdf with MinionPro produced by ps2pdf allow to search for words with ligatures, such as “final”?

This is either a question or an encouragement, depending on the situation. If a pdf typeset with latex and made into a pdf with ps2pdf contains the word "final", searching for that word in the pdf ...