8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 14, 2013 8:05 AM by isistrex
biebster123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

The font for comments in Preview is that _awful_ one called Noteworthy, which is also used in the Notes app. However, while one can change it in the latter, in the Preview app I can't seem to find a way to get rid of it...

 

How does one change the font for comments (annotations) in Preview?


Preview, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    biebster123 wrote:

     

    The font for comments in Preview is that _awful_ one called Noteworthy, which is also used in the Notes app. However, while one can change it in the latter, in the Preview app I can't seem to find a way to get rid of it...

     

    How does one change the font for comments (annotations) in Preview?

    You can have any selectable font you want for annotations while viewing a PDF file.

     

    1. Tools > Show Fonts ( ⌘T )
    2. Tools > Annotate > Text
      1. Click and drag to create your annotation box
      2. From the Show Fonts dialog, choose your font, and the annotation box complies.
  • 2. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    biebster123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you VikingOSX! This helped! Good to know that this is a workaround.

     

    However, it didn't solve my problem entirely. I was hoping to change the font when I highlight text, and then (right-click) add note. The font for this note is Noteworthy, and I can't get it changed...

  • 3. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,125 points)

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    1. select the annotation tool

    2. select the text box

    3. click on the font button, which brings up the font palette.

     

    Set it as desired. It retains that for all subsequent Preview docs.

  • 4. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    Michael Spryn2 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    This still doesn't fix the actual notes tool itself. I can't find anyway to change that.

  • 5. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,125 points)

    Sorry, but I responded to the OP's original query WRT to the annotations part: How does one change the font for comments (annotations) in Preview? I missed that he was referring explicitly to the notes part. AFAICT, you can't change the font. All I can suggest is to send feedback to Apple. I note the OS X page, since product feedback doesn't cover Preview or TextEdit. Apparently, Apple doesn't consider those one of its products, such as Safari.

  • 6. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    As far as comments and annotations within PDF documents, Preview allows font attribute changes per the following table.

     

    EditableUnEditable
    Text boxNote
    Speech or Thought bubble

     

    In a previous response, I have shown how to change font attributes in the editable annotations. If you need to add a note to selected text, make it an empty note (kick the Noteworthy font to the curb) and resign yourself to post-processing within the Comments section of Adobe Acrobat Reader XI. The latter application allows you to change the note created in Preview to any font/attribute you desire, and in the note properties, you can even change the icon style and color. Adobe apparently believes that the audience for Note annotations has risen above the fourth grade.

     

    I know how to change the Preview default font and size from the command line, but there is no access to changing the default Noteworthy (not-worthy) font in the Note annotation. In the Notes application, you can change Noteworthy to Helvetica from within the application. I did this, on the wag that Preview might get the hint too. Nope. The Notes application uses a language specific DefaultFonts.plist file, to which a courageous person can add available fonts to the application. Not so, in Preview. You cannot disable Noteworthy in Font Book, because it is a system font. Deleting this system font file is inadvisable.

  • 7. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    leon-geyer Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I have another solution, quite fast, without using Acrobat: simply delete Noteworthy (I anyway don't use it for anything else), Preview will be forced to use another (in my case Helvetica). Go to fontbook, look for the font, show in finder, delete (and keep a copy somewehere else just in case). Worked on every OS, even 10.9.

  • 8. Re: change font for comments and annotations in preview
    isistrex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just did it -- worked fine in Mavericks.