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As of Mountain Lion, Preview has been "upgraded" with a ridiculous font choice for its Notes (Control-Command-N). I use them all the time in PDF files and suffer from the Comic Sans feeling of Marker Felt.

Is it possible to change the font used by Preview to show notes?

It does not seem that the question has already been asked.

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I have finally upgraded to ML and just noticed. This is RIDICULOUS. My quick google search has not turned up any solution so far, hope somebody will help here... – FrenchKheldar Jan 5 '13 at 12:20
I second the ridiculousness of the current situation. – Fr. Jan 5 '13 at 15:34
You can view all of your annotations (including plain notes) in the Inspector, where they appear in a less maddening font. – Tyler Wayne Feb 5 '13 at 8:17
The only explanation I can find is that nobody at Apple is actually using that feature, otherwise someone would have noticed and asked why notes do not use a generic font like Lucida Grande. – Fr. Feb 5 '13 at 15:23

Sadly, it is not possible to change the font used by Preview for Notes - this is denoted by Apple an 'UnEditable'.

This thread on the Apple forums (which I can't take credit for) provides a couple of work arounds such as using Annotations instead of notes (as these are editable) or post-editing comments in Adobe Acrobat Reader XI, but not an actual solution to this problem.

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Thanks for the clarification, I had missed that thread as I was searching for notes specifically... Feedback to Apple sent, hope this can be changed... Annotation it is for now then, or switch back to Skim... – FrenchKheldar Jan 5 '13 at 14:18

Well, I had luck: I went to Font Book, selected MarkerFelt, show in Finder, and deleted it. I don't like the font anyway, and yes, from now on the font in Preview notes looks a little better, not as infantile as before... I posted this in a Forum last year, but I guess another one.

Hope this helps a little.

But much better would be some like:

PD: Correction = it was Notheworthy (i don't like that font anyway, but keep a copy elsewhere, just in case). Preview is then forced to use Helvetica (in my case). Works even on 10.9, no problems so far.

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