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As shown in the screenshot there are no options for changing the font under tools. I went through all main menu options and no features for manipulating the color, size, etc are there.

This should be a dead simple operation - any tips here?

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UPDATE I had found references to preview having the ability to modify the text/font characteristics - specifically in the place my screenshot shows. They are not there however: is this a Yosemite specific limitation? https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4674837?start=0&tstart=0

Another update One of the answers provided download links for pdfs. I have selected text field and right clicked. The screenshot follows: There are not any options for changing the font/font size: only the color. What is different for me?

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On Yosemite (Preview 8.0), hit shift-command-A or select "Show Markup Toolbar" from the "View" menu:

Find font options by clicking on the italic A:

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I realize that you've likely moved on by now, but for anyone else searching for this feature:

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  • thx - i am awarding. But it is irksome not to include these options in the menu. – javadba Apr 6 '17 at 19:36
  • This answer is helpful but when looking at another available answer it shows how to access from the menu bar: this is a nuance only but does fit my keyboard driven style bit better. – javadba Dec 16 '17 at 19:49
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    This doesn't change the font of entered text, only annotated text. – Sephethus Dec 30 '17 at 21:23
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Actually, the boxes that come with the pdf cannot be modified in terms of font size or type. When you open the briefcase in the pdf (using Preview), you can modify the font, then create a new Text box (using T), and move it in the field you want to fill, and start typing. This will work.

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Writable or fillable PDF files allow you to include text directly on the PDF file and save the document as if you were filling it out with a pen or pencil. Your Mac includes the Preview application built into the operating system that comes with all the tools you'll need to work with PDF documents. Use the extended toolbar to change the Font of your text when filling out a writeable PDF In another word, you can change the font size when you fill in PDF-based forms . Read more at How to Change Font on a Writable PDF on a Mac

you can download the example file from here Fill out form in PDF you can change the font this way

  • Those instructions do not reflect the options actually presented to me: specifically the following Font selection window does not show anywhere: "Click the 'A' button on the toolbar to open the 'Font' selection window." – javadba Feb 7 '15 at 1:14
  • What Nelson is sayingg is that those options only apply to text you add in text entry fields of a pdf form, not text that already existed the first time you opened the pdf in Preview. – Trellis Feb 7 '15 at 1:25
  • I changed my answer, you can download the sample form and try – nelson Feb 7 '15 at 1:42
  • Yes i understand. I do not see those options for new text entry fields. – javadba Feb 7 '15 at 2:35
  • OK I did. Please see updated OP: there are not any options for changing the font/font size: only the color. What is different for me? – javadba Feb 7 '15 at 2:37
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Writable or fillable PDF files allow you to include text directly on the PDF file and save the document as if you were filling it out with a pen or pencil. Your Mac includes the Preview application built into the operating system that comes with all the tools you'll need to work with PDF documents. Use the extended toolbar to change the Font of your text when filling out a writeable PDF In another word, you can change the font size when you fill in PDF-based forms . Read more at How to Change Font on a Writable PDF on a Mac

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I believe you are using the free version of Adobe Acrobat/Reader.

On the Windows side of things if you are using Adobe Reader there is no UI or interface for changing the font. If you are using Adobe Acrobat Pro/Standard you can change the font.

One workaround I have found is copy some text with the font you want to use from another application and paste it into the PDF form fill field. Please note this will only work if the PDF form has rich text formatting enabled.

Good luck!

  • seems as good an answer/approach as any. The "copy to another app and then copy it back" has applied in other situations such as doing strikethrough in gmail (no native support) – javadba Jul 17 '15 at 20:23
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    The question is about Preview on Mac OS X, not Adobe Reader. – SigmaX Jul 23 '15 at 15:58
  • Did my suggestion of copying the formatting (with font) from another application and pasting work? I unfortunately cannot test since I don't have a Mac with Preview in front of me. – JoshF Jul 23 '15 at 20:00
  • No it did not work. Why is this the selected answer? – Bruno Bronosky Oct 12 '16 at 15:44

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