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May 29, 2017

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I have Acrobat Reader and I'm typing on a fillable PDF form and I would like to change the font/text size. I've read some questions and answers on the Adobe forum and it seems that the text functions on what's called "Auto-Fit" in which the text size changes to the size that needed to fit the box that you're typing in and the text consequently becomes smaller as  more text is added so that it fits the box. However, sometimes the text ends up much too small for the size of the box and is therefore difficult to read so I'd like to enlarge it.  I would also like to be able to reduce the size of the text in other boxes when it comes out very large because I only typed a sentence or two. After reading the forums, I'm wondering if I need to purchase Acrobat DC in order to do this. Thank you.

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When the form is not protected you can change form fields with Adobe Acrobat, not Acrobat Reader.

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Change Text size on Acrobat Reader

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I have Acrobat Reader and I'm typing on a fillable PDF form and I would like to change the font/text size. I've read some questions and answers on the Adobe forum and it seems that the text functions on what's called "Auto-Fit" in which the text size changes to the size that needed to fit the box that you're typing in and the text consequently becomes smaller as  more text is added so that it fits the box. However, sometimes the text ends up much too small for the size of the box and is therefore difficult to read so I'd like to enlarge it.  I would also like to be able to reduce the size of the text in other boxes when it comes out very large because I only typed a sentence or two. After reading the forums, I'm wondering if I need to purchase Acrobat DC in order to do this. Thank you.

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Correct answer by Bernd Alheit | Adobe Community Professional

When the form is not protected you can change form fields with Adobe Acrobat, not Acrobat Reader.

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When the form is not protected you can change form fields with Adobe Acrobat, not Acrobat Reader.

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Barbara+Frey  wrote

After reading the forums, I'm wondering if I need to purchase Acrobat DC in order to do this. Thank you.

Yes. But you can get a 7-day trial version to make sure it works for you.

If you have questions about forms, ask them here:

PDF Forms

And as Bernd said, if the form is locked, you won't be able to make changes. If, however, it was saved so that users of versions early than Reader XI can save the form, it is locked for editing and you can make it editable again with File > Save a Copy.

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May 30, 2017

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I figured out that I could copy the text that is too small from the PDF doc, paste it into Word, enlarge it there and then paste it back on the PDF doc in larger font.

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May 30, 2017

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You can select the text in field, press ctrl-e, and change the font size.

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May 30, 2017

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Bernd,

 I highlighted the text and pressed ctrl-e but it didn't work. It said "Properties, No Current Selection". I appreciate your suggestions. I think I'll just go with the copy and paste technique with Word that worked. Thanks.

Barbara

On Tue May 30 2017 08:32:54 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time), Bernd Alheit <forums_noreply@adobe.com> wrote:

Change Text size on Acrobat Reader

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You can select the text in field, press ctrl-e, and change the font size.

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I also figured out that I could copy the small text in the box to Word, enlarge it there, cut it from the PDF doc and then paste it back to the PDF doc in a larger font.

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Feb 29, 2020

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I found this worked for me, but then I reached out to the people who made the product I was editing, and they told me to go to the dropdown menu --- View>Show/Hide>Toolbar Items>Show properties bar.  I was able to adjust the size once this bar popped up. I know it's old, but maybe someone else can use this info!

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Oh my gosh, I badly needed this info for an overdue school project (we have to submit our forms in specific-sized text boxes and my text was overflowing so my teacher let me figure out how to make it smaller and resubmit). Thank you so much, you are a lifesaver! 

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Thanks for your feedback

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