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How do I change the default Author name? 

I have Adobe Acrobat X Pro. I can change the Author name after I have created the document on a per-document basis, but I don’t see how to change the default setting so that the Author name that is automatically populated in each document I create is the correct name.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, Jason

In Windows

  1. Open up Registry Editor (Click Start->Run->regedit.exe)
  2. In the registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER_Software/Adobe/Adobe Acrobat/10.0/Annots/cAnnots/cAnnot
  3. Right click the "tauthor" key and select "Modify".
  4. Change the name to whatever you want to use, and click OK.
  5. Close your Adobe Acrobat and reopen

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Change the default Author name

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How do I change the default Author name? 

I have Adobe Acrobat X Pro. I can change the Author name after I have created the document on a per-document basis, but I don’t see how to change the default setting so that the Author name that is automatically populated in each document I create is the correct name.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, Jason

In Windows

  1. Open up Registry Editor (Click Start->Run->regedit.exe)
  2. In the registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER_Software/Adobe/Adobe Acrobat/10.0/Annots/cAnnots/cAnnot
  3. Right click the "tauthor" key and select "Modify".
  4. Change the name to whatever you want to use, and click OK.
  5. Close your Adobe Acrobat and reopen

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See:

AcrobatScreenSnapz001.jpg

You have two (2) choices. Either it will use the Login name (your user account) or none and then you can custom add an author name. It can't be set to a different name by default.

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Is this for Microsoft.  I'm using Safari MAC

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Preferences for Acrobat are the SAME in either OS. That screenshot is Acrobat X (MountainLion)

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I use Safari for web

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That screenshot is from Acrobat preferences. it has nothing to do with Safari or the Internet. Changing the default author is an Acrobat process per the preferences shown above.

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Thank you for replying.  However, the reply is about adding a comment to a PDF, not the author of the PDF document itself. 

The Author is seen by opening up the PDF file itself, and then File > Properties.  You can see a screen shot below. 

When this pop-up screen is open, you can manually change the name of that author for that one document.  However, I can't figure out how to change the name that Adobe uses by default (for example, I want the Author to be just my first name, not the entire name I used when I installed the product (which is what I changed it to for this one document)). 

How do I change the default Author name?

Thank you
Jason

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Comment author draws info from document author by default. Unless you uncheck that box it will use the document author (logged in user). There may be someone in the Acrobat forum who can shed some more light on this.

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Thank you.  However, the question is NOT about Comments.  It's about the Author of the PDF document itself.  How do I change the default Author name?

Thanks again for your time and help, I appreciate it.

Jason

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Jason.SF wrote:

... How do I change the default Author name?

I don't know if it'll work, but with Windows, in the registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER_Software/Adobe/Adobe Acrobat/10.0/Annots/cAnnots/cAnnot

Right click the "tauthor" key and select "Modify". Change the name to whatever you want to use, and click OK.

Like I said, I don't know if that'll work, but it's the only place I find an author key for Acrobat.

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I had an issue where I was marking up documents with notes, and the notes were automatically listed as my windows profile. Normally this would have been fine except it was a "Test" profile. To change this to my correct name, I right clicked on one of my comments, clicked on properties, then changed my name under the "General" tab. Once chanced, I clicked the little "Make Properties Default" box and then clicked OK.

If this is the problem you are having... I hope it helps.

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In Windows

  1. Open up Registry Editor (Click Start->Run->regedit.exe)
  2. In the registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER_Software/Adobe/Adobe Acrobat/10.0/Annots/cAnnots/cAnnot
  3. Right click the "tauthor" key and select "Modify".
  4. Change the name to whatever you want to use, and click OK.
  5. Close your Adobe Acrobat and reopen

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Worked exactly as I needed it to !

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And how to do this on a macbook?

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Hello, I'm having the same issue but need a fix for Mac please.  thank you

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File>properties>change the name in the dialog box

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 3.33.49 PM.png

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