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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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Acrobat X: how to enable the Typewriter tool

Acrobat X:

If you have been using the Typewriter tool in previous versions of Acrobat/Reader you will notice it is no longer available under the Tools menu in Acrobat/Reader X.

The Typewriter tool has been renamed to “Add or Edit Text Box” and relocated in Acrobat X following extensive research by our product teams.  A lot of people were having issues trying to find these tools in previous versions.  Particularly with the younger generation, some did not even know what a typewriter was.

      To locate/use the Typewriter tool in Acrobat X:

      1. open a PDF

      2. click on the “Tools” menu on the right-hand side

      3. expand “Content”

      4. click “Add or Edit Text Box”

 

 

 

 

 

A new feature in Acrobat/Reader X allows you to add commonly used tools to the Quick Tools bar.  If you right-click on the “Add or Edit Text Box” button, and select “Add to Quick Tools”, then you will see the icon appear on the toolbar as follows:

Note: If you are using Adobe Reader, the “Add or Edit Text Box” tool is not available until you enable the PDF with extended rights.  You should check this post to ensure the PDF file has the correct rights enabled for editing.  Once the PDF is setup correctly, the tool will show up directly on the toolbar, or under the Extended menu.

Acrobat XI:

If you are using Acrobat XI then you can watch the following video to see how to enable the typewriter tool:

http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/where-has-the-typewriter-tool-gone

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Adobe Reader: How to use Adobe Reader to fill PDF forms or type text on a PDF file

Description

If you are using Adobe Reader you will notice that you are unable to write/save content in PDF files.

Adobe Reader is a PDF reader provided free-of-charge and does not allow users to “write” content in PDF files by default. In order to make and save changes to a PDF file, you need a license for Adobe Acrobat, or LiveCycle Reader Extensions. Changes that normally require Adobe Acrobat include: entering text, saving a PDF form, and adding comments.

Suggestions

PDF authors can use either Adobe Acrobat or Reader Extensions Server to enable individual PDF files with specific privileges to allow Adobe Reader write and save content into the PDF files. If you/your organization has a license for Adobe Acrobat or Reader Extensions Server, you can apply these privileges to the PDF file before distributing it, so that users can open it in Adobe Reader to write the content.

You can use one of the following solutions to enable the PDF files:

Solution 1: Enable the Typewriter tool for Adobe Reader.

  1. Enable the Typewriter tool on the PDF.
    • With Adobe Acrobat:
      Note:You must have at least one Acrobat Professional client installed.

      1. Open the PDF in Acrobat Professional.
      2. Follow instructions depending on Acrobat version:
        • Acrobat (8 or 9): choose Tools > Typewriter > Enable typewriter tool in Adobe Reader, or Advanced > Extend Features in Adobe Reader.
        • Acrobat X: choose File > Save As >Reader Extended PDF > Enable Adding Text in Documents.
      1. Save the PDF.
    • With Reader Extensions Server:
      Note:You must have a Reader Extensions server installed in your organisation.

      1. Go to the ReaderExtensions server portal (http://[servername]:[port]/ReaderExtensions).
      2. Upload the PDF file.
      3. Apply the commenting right to the PDF.
      4. Save the resulting PDF to your computer.
  2. When you now open the same PDF in Adobe Reader, you will have a new tool available under Tools > Typewriter (Reader 8/9), or Tools > Add or Edit Text Box (Reader X).
  3. You can use this tool to type characters on top of the PDF content.

Here is a video tutorial showing how to use the Typewriter tool on a PDF: http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/how-add-text-pdfs

Note: The typewriter tool is only available for static PDF files, not for dynamic files, as it is part of the commenting functionality. Imagine if you lay down a comment on a certain part of the PDF and then the PDF structure changes dynamically and shifts the content down a page to accomodate a new subform. The comment/typewriter text would no longer be pointing to the same position.

Solution 2: Enable the usage rights on the PDF in Acrobat.

Note: You must have at least one Acrobat Professional 8, or later, client installed.

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat Professional.
  2. Choose Advanced > Enable Usage Rights in Adobe Reader (Acrobat 8/9), or File > Save As >Reader Extended PDF > Enable Additional Features (Acrobat X).
  3. Save the PDF.
  4. When you now open the PDF in Adobe Reader you will be able to fill the form and save the data.

Solution 3: Enable the appropriate rights on the PDF using Reader Extensions Server.

Note: You need to have a Reader Extensions Server installed in your organisation.

  1. Go to the ReaderExtensions server portal (http://[servername]:[port]/ReaderExtensions).
  2. Upload the PDF file.
  3. Select the Usage Rights you wish to apply to the PDF (you need Form Fill-In if you wish to complete the PDF form fields and save the data, or the Commenting right to use the Typewriter tool).
  4. Save the resulting PDF to your computer.
  5. Open the resulting PDF in Adobe Reader and you will be able to fill and save it.

Note: Reader Extensions server is a LiveCycle product to be deployed in an enterprise environment, and for this reason, may not be cost-effective if you only want to enable a handful of forms or PDFs.

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Acrobat/Reader 8: Typewriter tool deactivated after each use

Issue

The Typewriter tool in Acrobat or Adobe Reader 8 is deactivated after each text entry that you make in a PDF file. You have to select the Typewriter tool for each text entry you make.

In Acrobat and Reader 7, the Typewriter tool remains active until you manually deactivate it, or select another tool.

Solution

Update to Acrobat or Reader 9.  The typewriter tool has been fixed and will remain active.

reference: (181558742/1553038)

 

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Reader 9: Typewriter tool not available in the More Tools dialog in the browser

Issue

You are using Adobe Reader 9 in the browser and notice that the Typewriter tool is not available in the More Tools dialog, even though it displayed in Reader 8 in the browser.

Solution

In Reader 8, the Typewriter tool displayed in the More Tools list but disappeared after a user selected it if the PDF did not have the appropriate rights. Because this function confused users, Adobe hid the option in Reader 9 in the browser until the PDF was given rights to use the Typewriter tool.

To use the Typewriter tool in Reader 9 on a PDF opened in the browser, enable this right on the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Professional.

To use the Typewriter tool in Reader standalone, enable the commenting right on the PDF using either Acrobat or Reader Extensions server.

For more details about enabling the Typewriter tool, see http://blogs.adobe.com/dmcmahon/?p=822.

After you enable the PDF to use the Typewriter tool with Acrobat, open it in the browser. The Typewriter toolbar automatically opens in the browser window. You also see the Typewriter tool entry in the More Tools dialog, as shown below:

Additional Information

The Typewriter tool is only supported for static PDF documents. It does not work with dynamic documents because it has the same limitations as standard comments in relation to dynamic documents.

 reference: (181188529)

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