6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2009 5:36 AM by (Robi_Baishnab) RSS

    How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?

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      Hi there.I totally don't know how to use Acrobat and I'd like to know how to fill up an Acrobat document.
      Whenever I try to type text in the blank fields, nothing shows and I can't see if there is text or what I'm writing.
      It would be nice to know how to make the text appear in black.
      I've tried the different tools but can't change anything.
      Thanks for any help.
        • 1. Re: How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?
          try67 ACP/MVPs
          Acrobat is not a word processing application. It was not meant for creating documents from scratch, but to create a "final format" for pre-existing documents. If you really want to type in text in Acrobat you can use the Typewriter tool, but you will find it very unhandy for anything but the most simple things.
          • 2. Re: How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?
            Community Member
            Can someone PLEASE explain to me where this Typewriter Tool is?

            It is not in my "Tools" and if you go to "customize Tools" it is a choice under "more tools" that says its only available when document rights are enabled.

            I am working in Reader 8.1.2 for Mac and am looking at a simple PDF which is a non-interactive form that I want to be able to use the typewriter to type in. My partner in LA is on a PC and tells me she can go in this same PDF and choose "typewriter tool" from her "Tools" and type on this PDF.

            I am in VA on a MAC and there is no "Typewriter Tool" under "Tools" - only "select & zoom" and "Object data".

            Please help as this is beyond irritating. LOL!

            Thank you!
            • 3. Re: How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?
              ~graffiti ACP/MVPs
              Sounds like your partner is using a version of Acrobat and not Reader.

              The PDF has to be enabled by someone using Acrobat Pro before the typewriter tool will be available. It's always available if you open the PDF with Acrobat like I suspect your partner is doing.
              • 4. Re: How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?
                Community Member
                You have the READER so it ... generally reads and not writes .. However,
                if you colleague in LA opens a PDF in Acrobat Professional 8 or 9 and
                then goes Advanced / Enable USage Rights in Adobe Reader /
                You can open THAT PDF and use the typewriter tool in your Adobe Reader
                ... it will appear like magic !

                Jon
                • 5. Re: How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?
                  Community Member
                  I had the same issue recently. At work, most use is through a terminal server. Not sure if Adobe was updated, or changec, because I never paid attention to the version before. Currently it is Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0. I'm not sure if there are any other numbers to that designation as I cannot find a simple "About Adobe" under help.

                  In either event, there's no more typewriter under tools. However, it looks like I found an alternative.

                  Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Text Tool

                  However, I am noticing it is not as versitile as Typwriter was. For example, I am trying to add numbers in a "Field" on a form, but when I click the document with the tool where I want it, it won't allow me to type where I want. I have to put the text "next" to the field title, and not under the title where you would naturally complete the field. If that makes sense.
                  • 6. Re: How to type visible text in an Acrobat document?
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                    I am posting again to subscribe to thread.