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You can't change text of the typewriter tool. When you add text with the TouchUp Text Tool you can change the font.
Yes I am aware of this tool. But I used the Typewriter tool to write on top of the actual PDF. Sometimes it allows me to use the tools in the typewriter toolbox and most of the time it doesn't. How do I activate these tools to allow the text I type, using the typewriter tool to input new text on top of the PDF??
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Activate the TouchUp Text Tool, press the Ctrl key and point on the document.
I think we are talking about two different methods of typing on the page. I prefer to use the 'Typewriter' Tool, under Tools>Typewriter. The TouchUp Text Tool is something I don't use.
When I use the Typewriter tool, I can move, and position the text I typed. But the font, size, increase/decrease size, increase/decrease line spacing and the color options stay greyed out in the Typewriter toolbar. That used to show as options I can select and not greyed out. Why is this?
Did you click into the text?
Yes, I've tried changing the text before typing while having the typewriter tool active. I've tried clicking the text to change it. I've tried highlighting the text to change it. I've tried to go to properties of the text, and no options under there.
Can you post a sample?
Bon dia lorne17,
Perhaps you need to run a "repair" on Acrobat?
While the change options for Acrobat 8.x Pro/3D are not as fully featured
as those in Acrobat Pro Extended, both do have change options.
With either application I can consistently access the available choices in a fairly
straight forward manner.
Using Acrobat 3D (8.1.4)
Open the Typewriter toolbar. With the Hand tool selected, single click on a text string
entered earlier by the Typewriter tool. The cursor shape becomes up-down, left-right
arrows. Double Click.
The mouse pointer is now an "I-beam" and a blinking cursor line is present at the insertion point. Click-drag to select text.
The Typewriter toolbar's change options become accessible.
(text size and line spacing)
With the text string still selected, right click for the context menu. Go to the bottom
entry (Text Style) from which a secondary menu is presented for some choices for
Using Acrobat Pro Extended (9.1)
A similar approach. Hand tool > double click > use "I-beam" to click-drag for text selection.
Options for change are now accessible on the Typewriter toolbar.
Unlike Acrobat 8, you have font color, font type and font size as choices with
Acrobat 9.1 Pro - the only solution for me is closing and opening acrobat and then using the typewriter before any other tools. Not a real solution as it wastes considerable time. After using other tools and returning to typewriter, often the options (color, font, size) are gone until I close and re-open. Does anyone have a better solution?
I have the same problem! Did you ever get it resolved?
Try this. Go into your Preferences (Edit --> Preferences) and choose the "Documents" category. In the PDF/A View Mode select "never" for "View documents in PDF/A mode." Let me know if this helps.
The other thing to try in a document where Typewriter doesn't work properly is Tools --> Typewriter --> Enable Typewriter Tool in Adobe Reader. Sometimes this works for me.
I appreciate the response and help. Lately it has been working. Probably just because it knows I seeked help
So when it does stop working agian, Bashinsk, I will attempt your suggestions.
Thanks for the responses.
I'm having this same problem. I've attempted all the suggested solutions (reboot, "never" view in PD/A mode, enable typewriter tool in Reader) but none of them works.
Any other ideas?
I was having same problem trying to fill in a job application form, and all the tips above did not work -- Sometimes the Typewriter Toolbox would let me change font sizes and edit text, but most of the time it would not. After 2 hours of frustration, I looked at the Properties for the document I was working in and under Security tab there is a small note at the bottom: that this document "restricts some features to allow extended features in Adobe Reader. To create a copy of the document that is not restricted (and has no extended features in Reader), choose File> Save A Copy."
I did "save a copy" and was able to finish typing in the application and send it in. Even going back and forth between different programs and switching tools in Acrobat did not lock out the editing functions of the Typewriter Tool as had happened earlier. I hope this works for everyone else, too.
Howard Bashinski, Ph.D.
You're welcome... I just hope it works for you too. I only have half as many hairs as I did when I started that form!
In my case, using Acrobat Pro 8.1.6 on OS10.5.8, quitting Acrobat and then restarting, and using the Typewriter tool before doing anything else allowed me to change the font size where I needed to.
It would seem appropriate to be able to set a default Typewriter font, size, and style in some preferences, but it seems that some other tools cannot avoid stepping on toes. Even changing pages and magnifying the view seemed to have caused this problem with the Typewriter tool for me.
Go to the View -> Toolbars menu and enable the Typewritter toolbar. It will enable you to change the font.
I have had the same problem and find it quite frustrating.
I just spent an hour fighting with a form to adjust the text spacing.
What worked was saving under a new name, closing the document AND exiting Acrobat 9, then restarting Acrobat 9 and editing the document again.
I also noted that when I tried to resize the text box with the Shift key depressed, which I had used as a shortcut for changing the spacing in previous versions, and is used in other Adobe products, I got a generic "internal error."
I also noted that it seemed to be a bug with double-spaced text. The text is double-spaced with carriage returns, and then the double-spaces disappear. I had to put a space at the beginning of every blank line to avoid problems. Maybe the development team can play with some double-spaced text and see if they can reproduce the problem.
I believe I have good news for all who have this trouble. It's been annoying since day one.
I accidentally discovered that by setting your cursor just off the edges of the document and begin your typing, the font properties always remain easily available!
Once you have created a typed message (any number of characters is okay), you can then drag the filled-in Typewriter Text Box to any location on the document; and you can continue to edit, at will!
Using the Typewriter Tool, I'