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HELP! Text turned to boxes with x's through them

New Here ,
Aug 21, 2023 Aug 21, 2023

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Hi all,

The text on my adobe acrobat PDF i am working on turned into this! Let me know how i can fix this.Screenshot 2023-08-21 at 12.29.10 PM.png

 

 

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Aug 21, 2023 Aug 21, 2023

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The "tofu" boxes with X indicate that the fonts used in the original source file (such as in MS Word) were not embedded into the PDF when it was exported.

 

Three solutions:

  1. Figure out which fonts are missing in the PDF and install them on your computer. You can view the PDF's fonts in File / Properties / Fonts tag.
  2. Return to the original source file (MS Word or something else), and re-export the document to PDF, this time checking the options to embed all fonts.
  3. You can try to force-embed the fonts into the PDF with Acrobat's built-in Preflight utility, but you may or may not have the original fonts on your computer to do that.

 

See detailed instructions in this other post: https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/scrambled-text-when-viewing-pdf-documents-in-acro...

 

 

|    Bevi Chagnon   |  Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents
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Mar 07, 2024 Mar 07, 2024

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I had the same thing happen, but it was a PDF that I had edited, adding text boxes, and then I scanned pages into the end of the document and all of the text turned to "tofu" boxes.  Is there a way to prevent this?  I was using Courier Std or another regular text font.

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