How to Change the Default Font in Adobe Reader 9

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How to Change the Default Font in Adobe Reader 9
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Changing the font in Adobe Reader 9 is possible—to an extent. While you can make simple modifications like changing the background colour of the document and changing the default colour that text is shown in, you cannot change the actual font used throughout the document. At its heart, an Adobe PDF file is an image and Adobe Reader is simply the program used to view the image. If you'd like to learn how to change the document's background and text colours, follow this step-by-step guide.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Reader 9
  • Windows PC

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Reader 9 by clicking "Start" > "All Programs" and selecting "Adobe Reader 9" from its application folder.

  2. 2

    Click "Edit" > "Preferences" to open the Preferences box. Navigate to the "Accessibility" category.

  3. 3

    Check off "Replace Document Colors" and click the "Custom Color" radio button.

  4. 4

    Change the PDF's background by clicking the coloured box next to "Page Background." To change the PDF's default text colour, click the coloured box next to "Document Text."

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to save your settings.

Tips and warnings

  • This will only work with PDF files opened in Adobe Reader 9. These settings will not work if your PDF is opened within a Web browser.

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