Acrobat/Reader X: how to set the default font and font size in the Typewriter tool

Issue

If you are using the Typewriter tool in Acrobat/Reader you may notice that the default font and font size changes according to the font style already used in the PDF document.  The default font for the Typewriter tool should be set each time you finish using the tool and close Acrobat/Reader.  You may wish to reset/set the default font and font size to some custom value.

Solutions

You can set the commenting font and font size in the “Commenting” section in the Preferences.

You can also select the “Comment” Tab between “Tool” and “Share”, right-click on the comment in the “Comments List” that has your desired font setting, and then select “Properties…”.  Check the box that says “Make properties default” and click OK.

Workaround

If this still does not work, then you can set the default font and font size in the registry.  Please note that editing the registry can lead to corruption on your system and should only be attempted by experienced users or administrators.

We cannot provide support for any issues that may occur due to editing the registry, so we would recommend to do a full registry backup before making any changes.

To change the font:

1. Close Acrobat/Reader
2. Start—>Run—>Regedit
3. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Annots\cAnnots\cFreeText_003aFreeTextTypewriter\crichDefaults\cfontFamily
4. Click the cfontFamily key on the left.
5. Double-click the a0 key on the right.
6. Change the a0 value to the font name you require.
7. Save

To change the font size:

1. Close Acrobat/Reader
2. Start—>Run—>Regedit
3. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Annots\cAnnots\cFreeText_003aFreeTextTypewriter\crichDefaults
4. Double-click the dtextSize key on the right.
5. Change the dtextSize value to the font size value you require.
6. Save

Additional information

In Adobe Acrobat, if you want instructions to enable the Typewriter tool you should refer to the following post:

http://blogs.adobe.com/dmcmahon/2011/09/17/acrobatreader-x-how-to-enable-the-typewriter-tool/

In Adobe Reader, if you cannot find the Typewriter tool you should refer to the following post:

http://blogs.adobe.com/dmcmahon/2011/09/10/adobe-reader-fill-out-a-pdf-form-or-type-text-on-a-pdf-file-using-adobe-reader/

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