How to Change a Font in PDF Form

By Cooper Temple

Portable document format documents are a common way to distribute and collect forms via email and the Internet, because they can be viewed and used by anyone with a PDF reading program. PDF forms may be created and edited using an appropriate PDF writing program. Comprehensive PDF writing programs, which are generally fee-based, allow users a high level of control over a variety of form fields to create and edit. You can change a font in a PDF form using an appropriate writing application, such as Adobe LiveCycle.

Step 1

Open your PDF writing application. If you do not have one, there is a trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is used in the following steps (see "Resources," below). Acrobat Pro contains LiveCycle, which is the form feature of the program.

Step 2

Launch the PDF form that contains the font style you want to change. Use the “File” menu to select the “Open” option. Use the “Look in” drop-down field to locate the folder in which the document is located, then select the document and click once on the “Open” button.

Step 3

Click once on the field for which you want to change the font. Right-click once in the field, which will launch a menu. Click once on “Palettes” and select “Font.” A separate window will appear to the right of the PDF form.

Step 4

Click once on the “Font” tab. Use the “Font” drop-down menu to select a font type. You will notice that most of the “true type” fonts that you have downloaded to your computer will appear. The font size may be changed by using the “Size” drop-down menu. Use the “Style” options to change the appearance of the font, including bold, italic and underline.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each form field for which you want to change the font. Remember to save the form periodically so that you do not lose your changes. Use the “File” menu to select the “Save” option. To save the form under a different file name, use the “File” menu to select the “Save As” option.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shareware versions of PDF writing programs are linked in "Resources," below.