Where is the TouchUp Text tool in Acrobat X?

You can continue to edit text in PDF documents in Acrobat X. The functionality remains the same that you’re used to in earlier versions of Acrobat. You can edit the text, or change the text attributes.

The TouchUp  Text tool is now called “Edit Document Text“, and is located under Tools > Content > Edit Document Text.



  • To edit the text, click on the text and insert/delete the text. Acrobat X highlights the text that you’ve selected for editing.
  • To modify text attributes, select the text, right-click and choose Properties. The TouchUp Properties dialog box opens.

    TouchUp Properties dialog box

    TouchUp Properties dialog box



  • If you have lots of fonts installed on your system, it can take a little while before all of them are loaded. So be a little patient…
  • You can edit text only if the font used for that text is installed on your system.
  • If the font is only embedded or subsetted in the PDF, you can make changes to text attributes.
  • Be aware of any legal issues if you’re using propriety fonts.
  • It is more efficient to edit the source file if you’re planning to edit entire pages or document. This works best if you just want to touch up the text.

See Edit Text in Acrobat X online help for more details.


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  1. #1 by AD on July 22, 2011 - 11:28 pm

    Trying to edit text, which has been justified, in Acrobat Pro X. Driving me around the bend!

    Letters appear one on top of the other or with huge amounts of space around each letter.

    Is there an option to make the text wrap and fit properly? I only have minor edits to make, but it is taking forever. I do not have access to the original document, as the client provided the PDF.


    • #2 by Katherine Tarpey on March 8, 2012 - 9:45 pm

      You can fix this issue by going into ‘edit >> Preferences”, select the category ‘TouchUp’ and then click the checkbox that reads “Enable Text Word Wrapping”.

    • #3 by Tiger-Heli on June 20, 2013 - 8:32 pm

      There is no Preferences-Touchup option in Acrobat X Standard.

  2. #4 by Sue on September 29, 2011 - 11:35 pm

    I cann’t edit my doc. I have Abobe X. This is the error that I receive:
    “All or part of the selection has no available system font, You cannot add or delete text using the currently selected font.”

    • #5 by Rick on January 19, 2012 - 4:08 am

      I am having the same issue, did you ever get this resolved and if so how?

    • #6 by Amster on June 1, 2012 - 6:06 am

      Here you go buddy:

      To fix this issue, select the text with the Edit Document Text tool, right click and go to Properties. Next select a new font such as Arial and click Close. You should now be able edit the text

  3. #7 by Jan on January 16, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    I am trying to edit a doc with embedded text, but am told that there is no system font for practically all of the fonts used (mostly myriad pro varieties). However, I do have these fonts in Windows, and have transferred them also to the adobe file. Still won’t work. What can I do, it’s driving me round the bend!…

    • #8 by Erick on September 11, 2012 - 7:35 pm

      I am having EXACTLY the same issue…why did I buy a $200 font pack from adobe if after installing it my ADOBE products can’t use it…I WANT MY MONEY BACK NOW!!

  4. #9 by John on January 27, 2012 - 1:05 am

    I am trying to edit a doc with embedded text, but am told that there is no system font. How do I get around this error wanting to use the same font within my document – MetaBlackLF-Roman

  5. #10 by Max Ambrosio on February 1, 2012 - 3:07 am

    I hate this,….so hard to edit embedded stuff. Wasted too much time.
    Nothing done

  6. #11 by Johan on February 23, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Its a nightmare editing exit in this program. How do you ungroup the text blocks to shift them around without the text-jumping-off the page feature kicking in?

  7. #12 by Febbysue on May 24, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    Best process is to edit it with word program. Tools > Export a .pdf > Select from the drop down list > convert. From there you can do whatever you want. You have more option. With word 2010, and 2007, you may easily save them as pdf.

  8. #13 by Ramamoorthy on May 30, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Sir/Madam, I am not able to edit/delete text from “Adobe Reader X”, Please provide help or any of link to my mail id. Thanks In Advance.

    Ramamoorthy B S.

    • #14 by Vikrant on May 30, 2012 - 10:06 am

      Like the name says, Adobe Reader is only for reading. You won’t be able to edit text using the free Adobe Reader. To make minor edits, Acrobat can be used. But if you’re looking to make extensive changes, its always easier to go back to the source, update it and then republish as PDF. Not the answer you’re looking for…but thats the way it is.

    • #15 by Chocolate on March 13, 2013 - 2:02 am

      Actually, what you just said makes sense. All I have is the free Adobe Reader X. Thanks for explaining, I couldn’t figure it out.

  9. #16 by Richardson on June 1, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    Hello, when I open ‘comments’ ‘annotations’ on Adobe Reader X I only have the highlight and sticky note tools, not the ‘replace’ ‘strikethrough’ or ‘attach’ tools I am looking for. Where are they?

    • #17 by Vikrant on June 1, 2012 - 1:19 pm

      In the free Adobe Reader, only these two tools are available by default.
      Other tools may be available in the Reader, if the creator of the PDF, uses Acrobat and saves a reader Extended copy.

      All tools will however, be available in Adobe Acrobat, with is not a free software.

  10. #18 by Justin on June 11, 2012 - 7:32 am

    This is so weird. I have Adobe Acrobat X. I download PDF’s for school, and highlight them. When I first got adobe, I could click on the highlight tool and then click to highlight a passage, and a box would come up and would ask me if Adobe could… for lack of better words, process the document so that it could recognize the text that needed to be highlighted. Once this process was done, the highlighting tool would work perfectly and everything saved as normal. Well, one day I selected the highlight tool, clicked on the text, the box came up and I clicked the little box that said, “dont ask me this again”, assuming that from now on when I clicked the highlighting tool Adobe would just do its thing by processing the document and all would just be hunky-dory. WRONG. Now the highlighting tool doesnt work at all and then when ever I save a .pdf and then try to reopen it, the first page just shows up blank. Super annoying. Any suggestions Adobe gods?

  11. #19 by Marcus on July 26, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    What is the best way to validate font size on a legal document in a PDF format?

  12. #20 by Ramki on December 29, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Its ok in Acrobat X. What about in Acrobat 11? i didn’t get touch up properties like before. if there is, please tell me how to use it?

    • #21 by Ramki on December 29, 2012 - 1:40 pm

      Okay. i get it. I think it is replaced by “Edit Text & Images. when we select this tool, and then selecting any text & we can view its format options in the bottom whether it is bold or italic or which font…………..like wise. mmmmhhhhhh……….

  13. #22 by Carol on January 17, 2013 - 11:26 pm

    Where is the TouchUp Text tool in Acrobat XI version 11.0.01?

  14. #23 by Guy Kidd on January 23, 2013 - 11:02 pm

    Question and Compliment:

    Donna many of us over the years have known who you are and appreciated you so much.

    I have Acrobat Version X1 Pro. When I attempt to edit text in a PDF (Content Editing-Edit Text and Images), the formating portion of the tool pane that is underneath (i.e. font, color size etc) IS ONLY PRESENT if I use the “Default Tool Set” but is not present in the tool pane for the Tool Set I greated (Guy’s Tools) nor is it present if I click on the Edit Text and Images that I added to the Quick Tool Set UNLESS I have the Default Tool Set open. Is this intended to be this way or is it a problem with my installation or something else? Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated.

    • #24 by Sachin Gundecha on May 6, 2013 - 3:38 pm

      Select the text then right click then properties bar will open from where you can format the test

  15. #25 by sanjeev kumar on February 26, 2013 - 10:41 am

    thanx buddies. It worked with a charm.

  16. #26 by Sachin Gundecha on May 6, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    How to delete a table in acrobate X

  17. #27 by Sachin Gundecha on May 6, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    By busing edit text option unable to delete table

  18. #28 by Don Morran on June 22, 2013 - 12:29 am

    Adobe needs to bring back Touch Up Text.
    Under the old format, deleting several lines of superfluous text would pull up the lines below the deleted text.
    Now, a gap is left where the deleted text previously existed.
    DO NOT LIKE the current editor.
    Thinking of uninstalling this new piece of crap and reinstalling my old version.

  19. #29 by เขียนโปรแกรม on May 11, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Adobe needs to bring back Touch Up Text.
    Under the old format, deleting several lines of superfluous text would pull up the lines below the deleted text.
    Now, a gap is left where the deleted text previously existed.
    DO NOT LIKE the current editor.
    Thinking of uninstalling this new piece of crap and reinstalling my old version.

  20. #30 by BigEater on July 5, 2014 - 6:10 am

    You Adobe people know that there’s no “right click” on regular Macintosh mouses, right? The workaround is option-click is sort of the same thing, but not always.

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