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Having trouble with strange word spacing in Adobe Acrobat.

Community Beginner ,
Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021

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Hello,

 

I've noticed I'm having weird issues with word spacing on some lines in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. It doesn't matter how many words I type, it'll randomly pick lines to space out. Tried to fix the alignment but it didn't help at all. Also tried to fix character and line spacing, didn't help. I've attached a photo I know its not good quality but I've underlined the weirdly spaced words, any help is appreciated!

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New Here , May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

I've stumbled on this thread while looking for a solution to the exact same problem.

I've just found that if I copy the text with the weird word spacing then paste it in over itself (i.e. select text, hit Ctrl+C, hit Ctrl+V), the word spacing is corrected. 

I'm guessing that Acrobat gets confused when you're making word-by-word edits within a block of text, but can automatically space larger blocks of  text evenly?

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Community Expert ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Does you fill form fields?

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean?

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Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Does you enter the text in form fields?

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Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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The Edit Text tool of  Acrobat Pro does not handle Center Align texts very well, you should use the Left Align.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Are there any Adobe programs which would be better suited? I prefer the way it looks personally and the left align still has the same issues 😞

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Community Expert ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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You really should not be editing PDF files in this way. They were never meant to be edited extensively.

Go back to the original file format, make the changes there, and then create a new PDF file from it.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Sorry, what should this program be used for then if not to edit PDFs by fixing up text? Bit confused that's all. Have always used it to write and edit PDFs!

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Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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You can create documents with Adobe InDesign.

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Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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No program. You should not be editing PDF files directly in this way.

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Community Expert ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Are there any Adobe programs which would be better suited? I prefer the way it looks personally and the left align still has the same issues

The best way for editing text in Acrobat Pro is:

- select the text as a box using the Edit tool

- right-click on the the stroke and choose: Edit with Illustrator

- when you are done with Illustrator: Save, and Close.

Edits are instantly visible in the PDF.

 

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May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

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I've stumbled on this thread while looking for a solution to the exact same problem.

I've just found that if I copy the text with the weird word spacing then paste it in over itself (i.e. select text, hit Ctrl+C, hit Ctrl+V), the word spacing is corrected. 

I'm guessing that Acrobat gets confused when you're making word-by-word edits within a block of text, but can automatically space larger blocks of  text evenly?

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Aug 10, 2022 Aug 10, 2022

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Worked like a charm!  Thanks

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Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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This works! Thank you.

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New Here ,
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 19, 2022

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Thank you! I've been working on one line in my book for over an hour to fix it and this is all it needed! Now, if I can just remember this for next time.

 

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Apr 24, 2023 Apr 24, 2023

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Thank you, fixes the issue

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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I don't know how you figured this out but it works! Thanks so much.

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Jul 20, 2023 Jul 20, 2023

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I did this and it worked perfectly. However, I took it one step further because I was afraid of the original text somehow showing through (weird things DO happen), so I went Command+X then Command+V. 

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Jun 12, 2024 Jun 12, 2024

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You're amazing. Thank you for this. I've had so many problems with this and simply copying into Microsoft Word and then pasting the text back into the same text box worked like a charm. Thank you so much!

 

They want you to pay for and edit in their other programs, but guess what? Companies frequently won't pay for additional software just to be compatible with Adobe Acrobat. Not our fault as users, but we suffer the brunt of it. Also, they keep saying to use the original format to edit like every document opened in Acrobat originated outside of Acrobat. No, our docs are frequently created in Acrobat. 

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