Add text using Add Or Edit Text Box (Typewriter tool)

Use Add Or Edit Text Box (Tools > Content > Edit Text & Objects) to type text anywhere on a PDF page. Organizations sometimes provide PDF versions of their paper forms without interactive form fields. The Add or Edit Text Box tool provides a simple solution for filling out such forms.

Note: Reader users can use the Add or Edit Text Box tool if the document author enables use of the Typewriter tool for that PDF. To enable use of the Add or Edit Text Box tool, open the PDF and choose File > Save As > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Adding Text in Documents.
  1. Choose Tools > Content > Add Or Edit Text Box to open the Typewriter toolbar.
  2. Click the Typewriter button.
  3. Click where you want to type, and then begin typing. Press Enter to add a second line.
    Note: If a blue text box appears, double-click it to get the I-beam so you can enter text.
  4. To change the text properties, select the text using the Selection tool in the Common Tools toolbar. (You may have to double-click a word to make the text properties available.) Then use any of the following tools in the Typewriter toolbar:
    • To change the text size, click the Decrease Text Size button or the Increase Text Size button. Or choose a typeface size from the pop-up menu.

    • To change the line spacing (leading), click the Decrease Line Spacing button or the Increase Line Spacing button.

    • Choose a color from the Text Color pop-up menu.

    • Choose a typeface from the typeface pop-up menu.

  5. To move or resize Typewriter text block, select the Select tool, click a Typewriter text block, and drag the text block or one of its corners.
  6. To edit the text again, select the Typewriter tool, and then double-click the Typewriter text.
Note: Editing and saving a digitally signed PDF invalidates the signature.

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