Set default font for adding text to PDFs

PDF files are an easy way to distribute print content over the web. Sometimes, printing and viewing PDF docs isn’t enough though. With Acrobat, I can add text to existing PDFs with ease. But it’s annoying that the default font never seems to match what I want it to look like.

Fortunately, I recently found out how to manually define my desired default font for adding text to PDF documents. So I thought I’d share it with you for when you run into the same issue:

  1. Open Acrobat (and I’m talking about the Creative Cloud version, not the free Acrobat Reader).
  2. In the menu bar, click Acrobat Pro DC • Preferences (macOS) or Edit • Preferences (Windows).
  3. Navigate to the Content Editing section on the left.
  4. On the right, you can choose two separate fonts for editing existing text and for adding new text. To do so, open the respective drop-down and select the font you’d like to use.
  5. For new text boxes, you can also select the font size.
  6. Save your changes by clicking OK.

That’s it! Acrobat will respect your settings for all PDF doc editing operations from now on.