How to add text to a PDF File

By December 13, 2011


In this tutorial, learn how to edit PDF files (sometimes called PDF editor) by adding text additions to a PDF document in Acrobat X Std. or Pro. Text additions can also be made to a file in Adobe Reader X if the file has been Reader Enabled first.

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How to add text to a PDF File

Lori KassubaDecember 13, 2011

Did you know it’s possible to add text to a PDF file in Acrobat X Std. or Pro? This will allow you to make text additions to a document. To insert text inyour document open up the Tools pane, Content panel, and click on the Add or Edit Text Box. Sometimes this tool is also referred to as the Typewriter tool. After selecting this command, simply move your cursor, which will appear as an I-beam with the letter A, into the document and click in the area you'd like to begin typing. You can also change the font size, up to 24 points, font type, font color, as well as line spacing with the Typewriter tool.

Now it’s also possible to use this same feature for documents in Adobe Reader X. To do this, select File, Save As, Reader Extended PDF, Enable Adding Text in Documents. Now after saving your file, notice the addition of the purple message bar in the document. Now to check, open the same file in Adobe Reader 10.1 or later and look for instructions in the Document Message Bar, where you'll see the typewriter icon.To activate, simply select the tool and move your cursor into the document and click in the area that you would like to begin typing.

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Lori Kassuba

1 month ago

Hi c.vijayakumar,

To add text using either Acrobat or Reader XI (like on a form), you can use the Add Text Comment tool under the Comment pane.



1 month ago

Respected sir,
this is to inform you that in my pdf document how to type and insert words please help me


2, 2012-11-28 28, 2012

In Acrobat 8.0 I could underline, italicize, or make bold the text I had just typed as you did in the video.  How do I do so in Acrobat X Standard?

Hi Mike,

This tutorial explains how to add text to a PDF using the Typewriter tool and this particular tool allows you to change text attributes like italics and bold. If you’re editing existing text in a PDF using the Edit Document Text tool, you’ll need the associated fonts for italic and bold installed on your system. Here is a video tutorial for Acrobat X on editing text in a PDF:



4, 2012-11-25 25, 2012

Why does line spacing revert to no spacing when saving or printing document?

Hi JB,
Are you using the typewriter tool or by selecting the Edit Document Text and holding down the Ctrl key?


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