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

  1. Cam MacDonaldf says:

    Seems a very complex, dangerous, and inconvenient way for average users to do a simple thing like changing a default font and font size. Users should almost NEVER tamper with the registry directly. There has to be a better way.

  2. Glen Wright says:

    I just want to change the default, it should be quick and easy. Having to resort to changing the registry to achieve this seems just plain silly.

  3. Carol Smith says:

    Agree with Cam, there MUST be a better way. My documents all come in at 146%. Not usually useful.

  4. Stu says:

    I have to agree with others here on this issue. At this time I will continue to adjust text everytime, WITHOUT messing with the registry….Just seems very complex to change something that should be so simple… with a WORK AROUND!