Inconsistent Fonts

If your PDF document has embedded fonts, any viewer on any device should render them as expected. A PDF viewer will replace a font if the document doesn’t have it embedded and if it’s not available on the device.

Here’s how determine if your PDF document has embedded fonts:

  • Open the PDF document in Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Reader (free and available on all platforms).

  • Go to the File menu and select Properties, or use the Command + D keyboard shortcut.

Acrobat Properties
  • Click on the Fonts tab.

Acrobat Properties - Fonts

You may see the words Embedded Subset (like in the example above) or just the word Embedded. If a subset of a font is embedded, this means only the characters used in that particular document are embedded.

Most PDF-authoring apps like Acrobat Pro support embedding fonts in a PDF document. Make sure you embed the fonts so that your document looks as expected across devices and readers.