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How to add text to a PDF file using Acrobat X

Learn how to edit PDF files by adding text additions to a PDF document.

By December 13, 2011


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

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How to add text to a PDF file using Acrobat X

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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