Issue

When you try to edit text in a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, you receive the following message:

"All or part of the selection has no available system font. You cannot add or delete text using the currently selected font."

The PDF file was not created on the machine on which it is being displayed.

Solutions

Use the TouchUp Text Tool (Acrobat 9) or the Edit Document Text Tool (Acrobat 10) to edit the text.

Acrobat 9

  1. Choose Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Text Tool.
  2. Select the text that you want to edit with this tool and right-click (Windows) or Command+Click (Mac OS), and then choose Properties.
  3. In the TouchUp Properties dialog box, select the Text tab.
  4. In the Font pop-up menu, select a Font consistent with the current font you are using. (The fonts listed are the fonts that are available on your system.) You can choose to embed the font into the document by checking the Embed checkbox. Or, you can choose a subset of only the characters you want to add by checking the Subset checkbox (which keeps the file smaller).

Acrobat 10

  1. Choose Tools > Content > Edit Document Text
  2. Select the text that you want to edit with this tool and right-click (Windows) or Command+Click (Mac OS), and then choose Properties.
  3. In the TouchUp Properties dialog box, select the Text tab.
  4. In the Font pop-up menu, select a Font consistent with the current font you are using. (The fonts listed are the fonts that are available on your system.) You can choose to embed the font into the document by checking the Embed checkbox. Or, you can choose a subset of only the characters you want to add by checking the Subset checkbox (which keeps the file smaller).

Additional information

If the fonts in a PDF file aren't available on the computer, or they are different versions, it's likely that you can't edit text in the PDF. Changing the text to a font available on the system allows you to edit it the text in the PDF document.

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