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My Adobe Acrobat 7 typewriter font appears grey.

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I managed to chane the opacity/greyscale of the typewriter font.

(1) is there a way to reset to the default all of the color/options in Abobe Acrobat 7

or

(2) a way to reset the font to appear black as before

I found a related mention about a Adobe Technote #320120 on the subject, but cannot find the technote on the Adobe site, any way of finding this.

"Re: Typewriter font prints in greyscale not black
 
We have a similar problem on one PC(at least I think it is similar). Every few months something changes, and the typewriter text becomes so light it is almost illegible. Using Adobe technote 320120, I alter the registry and it fixed the problem for awhile. "
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by:captain
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I don't think there is an overall reset that affects the colour settings for individual tools.

I have not worked with Acrobat 7 for years, later versions have a Typewriter Toolbar which allows change of font and font colour. I think in Acrobat 7 you can only change size and line spacing.

How did you change it to grey in the first place?

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Indeed. My home version is much easier to use. The office is too cheap to upgrade. In any case, the only additional information I can give, is that I was playing with highlighting text and inserting call out boxes with different opacities, when all of this occurred. I went back and changed the opacities, but of course nothing is working. A total pain this is.

At no time did I overtly seek to change the font (for the reasons you mentioned)... the graying was a total side effect...
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by:captain
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I see :)

And setting everything to full opacity using the same method does not work I guess..?
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interesting note. when I cut/copy black text from another pdf, it STAYS black. the gray text only appears with NEW txt.
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On thing worth checking is the Edit> Preferences> Commenting section. There is an Opacity setting. Change that to 100, does this make a difference?
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Was set at 25%. changed to 100%. Nothing. Still the same.

Thanks,

FF
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by:captain
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That could have been your problem though, standard is 85%...

Restart Acrobat is Typewriter text still grey?
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Set to 85%. Restarted AA... nada... still the same.

Thanks!

FF
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Add this to the riddle...

I just noticed that when I add (or select) text via the typewriter the options buttons for font size and line spacing are not being activated. (In other words they stay grayed out.)

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Weird indeed.

I have no idea, honestly. Other than trial & error which cannot be the answer...

Let me think about this. But the problem may be that I just cannot replicate the issue.
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by:tomaugerdotcom
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This will be a tough one, because of the legacy software. Have you tried creating a posting on the Adobe forum? I have found it to be quite responsive (though certainly not as responsive as EE!). This may warrant a support request from Adobe directly.

Sorry, I realize this is not the help you were looking for.

T
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 500 total points
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Unfortunately that technote seems to be lost. If you don't have a time machine, we need to do some software archeology...

When you google for the tech note number, there are a few things that you can find. This one is particularly interesting: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/502660
It refers to deleting the cAnnots registry key. You can find that at HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/Adobe Acrobat/7.0/Annots/cAnnots

I would not delete it outright, I would first try to rename it (e.g. cAnnots.backup). First quit Acrobat, then rename that registry key, and then restart Acrobat. If it's now working correctly, you can delete that key, but it does not hurt to have it stick around.

Good luck!
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by:puppydogbuddy
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Although these instructions are for Adobe 9, they might work for Adobe 7:
              http://www.ehow.com/how_6512396_change-typewriter-font-adobe-acrobat.html
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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@puppydogbuddy - It was already established that Acrobat 7 does not have the Typewriter Toolbar.
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by:model_un
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IT WORKED!!!! I went the '.backup' route. Should I delete it now? Will it hurt to keep it around? Thanks again!
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Good call khk. I was stuck here.

Glad it worked out!
capt.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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You can keep the registry key around, it will take up a few bytes on your computer, but it will be ignored by your applications. If you feel comfortable enough to delete registry keys, go ahead and delete it.
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