Important info for MAC users

My Printable Collections only work in Adobe Reader and NOT Mac’s default PDF viewer called Preview.

Double clicking on a PDF file on a Mac will open it it in Preview even if you have Adobe Reader installed.

HOW TO OPEN FILES IN ADOBE READER ON YOUR MAC

I recommend launching Adobe Reader and opening my files directly from Adobe Reader itself. To do this:

  1. Download Adobe Reader for free here and install it on your computer.
  2. Download a fresh/new copy of your templates and save them to your computer.
  3. Open Adobe Reader from your Applications folder.
  4. In Adobe Reader, click on File – Open.
  5. Navigate to the folder where you saved the downloaded files (usually your Downloads folder unless you chose a specific location) and select them
  6. Your files are now open in Adobe Reader!
HOW TO SET ADOBE READER AS THE DEFAULT PDF VIEWER ON YOUR MAC

If you use a lot of editable PDF files on your Mac I recommend you set Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer. This way all PDF files are automatically opened in Adobe Reader instead of Preview. Here’s how:

▶  Don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer yet?

1. Download the Latest version of Adobe Reader and install it on your computer. It's free and you can get it here from Adobe's website.

2. Although you may have now installed the latest version of Adobe Reader, your Mac will still use “Preview” when you click on a PDF file UNLESS you change the default PDF reader from “Preview” to “Adobe Reader”. To make that change, follow the simple steps below:

(a) Move the Adobe Reader icon in your “Applications” folder to the “Dock” which is where all your program icons are located at the bottom of your desktop.

(b) Open Adobe Reader from the Dock.

(c) Using the File / Open menu in Adobe Reader, locate and open any PDF file that you have on your computer.

(d) You should then get the following message: “Adobe Reader is not currently configured to be the default application for pdf files. Would you like to make pdf files open with Adobe Reader instead of Preview?”

(e) Click “Yes”

▶  Already have Adobe Reader on your computer (but it’s not set as the default PDF viewer)?

1. Using Finder, locate any PDF file. Right-click (or Control-click) the PDF file and select ‘Get Info’ from the menu you’ve opened.

2. Under the heading ‘Open with,’ the current default application for opening PDF’s is listed (which will most likely be Preview). If there is no application listed you may need to click the triangle to the left of ‘Open with’ so that it points downward to reveal the current setting.

3. Click on the application list to open a drop-down menu displaying additional applications. In this menu locate the most recent version of Adobe Reader and select it.
If Adobe Reader is not listed you may not have it installed (check by selecting Other .... and navigating through your Applications folder to locate the icon for Adobe Reader - if you do find it, click to highlight it and then click the Add button).

4. Back in the information window click the ‘Change All’ button so that all subsequent PDF files will be opened by Adobe Reader

5. Click the Continue button to confirm that you’d like to change your settings. Now all PDF files will be opened by Adobe Reader.

If you wish to change your default PDF viewer back to Preview at a later date, you can follow the instructions above selecting Preview instead of Adobe Reader.

Comments

  1. Leah Parker says

    Simone,
    Thank you for your detailed instructions for downloading and for a great product!  I am so pleased with how easy it was to edit and love the invitations.

    Thank you!

    Leah

  2. Felissa Covin says

    Simone,
    I am excited to order these!!  Best ones I have found yet and I have been searching for a WEEK!!  Others make it so complicated to give them information for them to type and then I realize I may have left things out!!  NO THANK YOU!!!  This sounds so easy and PERFECT and exactly what I am looking for!!
    Questions:  Instead of a “happy birthday” banner can I get a banner that says “TREATMENTS”?  

    THANK YOU,
    Felissa Covin

    • says

      Hi Felissa!  Sure – my banners are designed so that you can print off any message that you like.  They come on (usually) one single page which can be edited and printed multiple times to create custom messages.  You type in the first letters of your message “T” and “R” , print, and then type over those letters with the next letters in your message and reprint the page, and so-on.  Hope that helps! Simone

  3. Elissa says

    Hi!
    Love the pack and got it open in Adobe Reader…But can’t figure out how to write the text in…Help!!

    Elissa :)

    • says

      Hi Elissa,  To enter your text, all you need to do is highlight my sample text and then start typing over it with your own wording.   If you are having problems doing this, it may be that you are not opening & editing the file in Adobe Reader.  My Printable Collections only work in Adobe Reader and NOT Mac’s default PDF viewer called Preview. Double clicking on a PDF file on a Mac will open it it in Preview even if you have Adobe Reader installed.  I have just sent you an email to follow up.  Simone

  4. Melissa says

     Is there are way to enlarge font or change the font? 

    thank you. I have purchased several packages from you and they are fantastic. 

    Melissa

    • says

      Hi Melissa, Most text fields will let you change the text size (either bigger or smaller) by highlighting the text in Adobe Reader and pressing Command+E. This will bring up the Text Properties Toolbar – you can change the the text size on that toolbar (if you end up with a little + sign in the bottom right of the text box, it means that your text size is too big – reduce the text size from the toolbar).

      A few text fields will automatically resize any text you type to fit the available space (you cannot manually change the text size in these fields). If you have problems typing spaces in these fields, please type without spaces and then use the arrow keys to move back and add the space.

      I don’t recommend changing the font – doing so will often affect the alignment of the text.

  5. Karen Clark says

    HI SIMONE,
    I’M ALSO STRUGGLING TO CHANGE THE FONT SIZE ON MY MAC ON THE CARNIVAL PACKAGE. 
    COMMAND +E DOESN’T BRING UP THE TEXT PROPERTIES TOOLBAR.. IDEALLY I JUST WANT THE NAMES BIGGER ON THE WATER BOTTLE WRAP.. SOMETHING SO SIMPLE IS NOT WORKING FOR ME … I READ YOUR REPLY ABOVE AND STILL CANNOT RESOLVE THE ISSUE.
    MANY THANKS,
    KAREN

    • says

      Hi Karen,  if you cannot bring up the Text Properties Toolbar (by pressing Command+E) when your cursor is on the Water Bottle wrap text, it means that either:  
      1.  the file is open in Preview
      2.  the file is currently open in Adobe Reader BUT has previously been opened and saved in Preview corrupting the file.

      Please download a fresh copy of the file and save it to your computer – then follow steps 1-6 above.

  6. lisa douglass says

    i downloaded the basketball ticket and its printing in the blue and red instead of the orange and black

    • says

      Hi Lisa, if your file is printing in strange colors like yours it means that either:
      1. the file is open in Preview
      2. the file is currently open in Adobe Reader BUT has previously been opened and saved in Preview corrupting the file.

      Please download a fresh copy of the file and save it to your computer – then follow steps 1-6 above.

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