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Edit text in acrobat put special characters at beginning of text

Explorer ,
Mar 29, 2024 Mar 29, 2024

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I've been using the edit text option in Acrobat DC for many years, and although it could sometimes be unpredictable, in general it worked ok. Lately though, edit text seems to have gone crazy. When I add a new block of text it defaults to right align justification regardless of what I set before hand and, if I add a character like an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, it moves it to the beginning of the text. I've tried it with different fonts and get the same problems so it isn't font specific. 

Anyone else had this problem and found a solution?

 

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Create PDFs , Edit and convert PDFs , General troubleshooting , Modern Acrobat , PDF

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New Here , Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

I had this issue, and I think it's because being based in UK, but our office network uses American IP addresses, Acrobat is getting confused as to default language settings.   Check the Language settings to change main paragraph direction and change it to "Left to Right".  Also, to avoid numbers showing up as symbols, untick the Hindi Digits. 

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Mar 29, 2024 Mar 29, 2024

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Hi @Robb Nemo ,

 

I believe this is due to the Acrobat New Experience.

 

There is a feature that for some reason is activated: Autoadjust Layout by default

 

Disable it and you should not experience the that restriction when using the "Edit PDF" tool.

 

The feature is meant to reflow text and images dynamically as you work with the PDF, but in my personal experience, there are instances that it must be disabled in order to fulfill the desired editing.

 

See here:

 

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Mar 31, 2024 Mar 31, 2024

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Hi ls_rbls,

Thanks for the info - Unfortunately, I've checked in the preferences and the Autoadjust Layout by default feature doesn't seem to be in there - see attached screenshot. As far as I know, I'm using the most current version of Acrobat because I did a clean install through the creative cloud app just a couple of days agoscreenshot acrobat.jpg

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Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

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I had this issue, and I think it's because being based in UK, but our office network uses American IP addresses, Acrobat is getting confused as to default language settings.   Check the Language settings to change main paragraph direction and change it to "Left to Right".  Also, to avoid numbers showing up as symbols, untick the Hindi Digits. 

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martin_mitchell Thank you for the info - that seems to have done the trick!! I'm based in the UK as well but I've never had this problem before. I must admit, I was getting close to ditching Acrobat for editing PDF's as it seems to be getting more unstable ith every update. Hopefully this tweak will solve some of the main issues.

Thank you again

Robb

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