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Is Helvetica 12 point a safe choice for my book?

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I found Helvetica 12 pt to be more readable that Time 12 and used it for me entire book.

I wrote the book in Word (Mac 2017) and exported to PDF.

Is Helvetica typically available on people PC's and devices?

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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
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Not really.

Try replacing your Helvetica with Arial and see how that works.  Arial will substitute quite well and is found on most Windows machines and many modern Apple computers.
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Sadly, I spend about four hours last night updating the font throughout my book to Helvetica 12 point.

What is bad about that choice?

Next time, how can I create a style, so I can easily change it later?

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There is nothing wrong with your choice and once converted to PDF, people will be able to read it just fine.

For initial preparation, Arial may be a better choice for Word and like document as dbrunton notes above.
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thanks
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
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Arial font from Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arial

It was created to be metrically identical to the popular typeface Helvetica, with all character widths identical, so that a document designed in Helvetica could be displayed and printed correctly without having to pay for a Helvetica license.

This means if you had your document in Helvetica a quick search and replace of Helvetica by Arial should end up (theoretically) with a document of the same size.  Now I'm not sure about the embedding of Helvetica fonts within PDF on a Mac and how well a PDF document done on a Mac will show on a Windows machine.
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Once in a PDF it should display fine. I used Helvetica for a long time.

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