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Font spacing changed after edit in Acrobat Pro DC

New Here ,
Apr 24, 2019 Apr 24, 2019

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Hi Everyone,

Here's the situation..  I have an existing PDF that I'm trying to make some text updates using Acrobat Pro DC. I made a copy and did my edits on the copy. But when I edit a letter, it already changes the spacing of everything else in the text box. So even if I just highlight an "a" and replace it with the same "a" (same font/same size), the spacing is already different than the original.

Any ideas about this?

Thanks,

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Community Expert , Apr 24, 2019 Apr 24, 2019

PDF files were not meant to be edited in this way, and doing so can cause all kinds of issues, as you've seen.

The solution is to go back to the original file used to create the PDF, edit it and then create a new PDF file.

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New Here , Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

HI!  I am late to this conversation but I did find the replies to the OP helpful.  Instead of editing the pdf as I first wanted to, I exported the document to Word, fixed the issues, and printed the page that needed the corrections to a pdf file.  I then went into the original pdf and inserted the new page, deleted the one with issues and, voila, my document was now exactly as I wanted.  

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PDF files were not meant to be edited in this way, and doing so can cause all kinds of issues, as you've seen.

The solution is to go back to the original file used to create the PDF, edit it and then create a new PDF file.

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Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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What is the purpose of Adobe Acrobat Pro editor if it's not meant to edit PDF files?

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 08, 2022 Jan 08, 2022

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People are desperate to edit PDFs, even though they are utterly unsuitable for this. Always, always, the original document should be edited, even for the smallest typo, and the PDF remade.

Now, sometimes the original document was not cared for, and all backups were eaten by alligators. In such unlucky cases, Acrobat can sometimes help with simple changes. But do understand that editing in PDF isn't a normal task, it's a desperate last resort. I wish Adobe's marketing team understood this, and would stop promoting it.

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Jan 30, 2023 Jan 30, 2023

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So do we open and edit these files in Illustrator and edit?

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Jan 08, 2022 Jan 08, 2022

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Acrobat can be used to create PDF files, add form fields, links, scripts, run OCR, perform Preflight operations, modify pages (rotate, move, edit), add and edit bookmarks and much more. It can also edit the static contents of PDF files, but it was not originally built to perform this task, as PDF files were not meant to be edited in this way, as I wrote above.

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HI!  I am late to this conversation but I did find the replies to the OP helpful.  Instead of editing the pdf as I first wanted to, I exported the document to Word, fixed the issues, and printed the page that needed the corrections to a pdf file.  I then went into the original pdf and inserted the new page, deleted the one with issues and, voila, my document was now exactly as I wanted.  

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