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PDF: Can I re-align text?

May 19, 2009 8:16 AM

I have a pdf (NOT the original document). At the top of each page is a headline that's centered. My client wants me to add on a few words to these headlines. However, when I do this, the text just adds to the right. I can't see where to re-align the text so it's once again centered. Or at least get them all left-justified. Any ideas?


I thought about deleting the headline and creating a new header... but I can't even figure out how to add in text (other than on the original line). I looked it up online and found something about the Text Annotation tool... but I can't find it in version 9. Would that be an option? Or is that just an editing tool?


And yes, I know Acrobat is not an editing program. But I don't have much choice in this situation, as there is no original document.





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    May 19, 2009 11:37 AM   in reply to Kenford

    As you noted Acrobat is not a word processing tool. Edit the text if you must then drag the text to the left. It won't be perfectly centered. It should be possible to get the original file to edit, if not it might be better to recreate the file. You can export the pdf to a word file and proceed from there.


    You might try to delete the text and create a header that is repeated on each page.

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    May 20, 2009 4:43 PM   in reply to Kenford

    You have some (limited choices) - highlight the text and then right-click and PROPERTIES. From here you can see if you indeed align the text within the frame but this does not always work (depends how the text content was created via the source document). Also, if you wish to create a new text frame then using the touch-up text tool, find a BLANK area inside your PDF (no text, image or anything else) and then hold the ALT key down whilst clicking - new text frame. Don't forget to use the touch-up object tool if you're using Acrobat Pro (not in the Standard version).


    Here's one of my documents which might help :





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    May 21, 2009 1:38 PM   in reply to Kenford

    Hi Kenford,


    Indeed, choices are limited since Acrobat doesn't see aligned text as such - just blocks. It sounds a hard job to crack. If I have to bring on the pro tools I also use Enfocus Pitstop ( to pick-out characteristics of the headers etc (font, size, colour) and then use a command to remove - this application is a plug-in for Acrobat.


    Otherwise you could try the CONTENT tool (View/Navigation Panels/Content) and then select HIGHLIGHT CONTENT and drill down the PDF tree - right click to delete content ...


    I've on a Mac now with an ALT key (next to command/apple) - my iMac also has an ALT key in the same place?


    Take another peek,



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    May 21, 2009 4:49 PM   in reply to Kenford

    Now that's why I have glasses ! 



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