How to Quickly See Info About Items in a PDF

In Acrobat, an easy way to see information about a piece of content on a PDF page, including text, is to use the Object Inspector in the Output Preview dialog box.

To open the Output Preview dialog box, do this:

In Acrobat X and above, choose View> Tools> Print Production, and click on Output Preview. In earlier versions of Acrobat, choose Advanced> Print Production> Output Preview.

You’ll find the Object Inspector as one of the choices in the Preview area.

To use the Object Inspector, just click an object on the page — the dialog box will display lots of useful information about it, along with anything else in the stacking order where you clicked.

For example, here’s information about some text on the PDF page — note that it shows the font name, size, and format:

AcrobatX_ObjectInspector_text

And here’s information about a placed graphic on the page:

AcrobatX_ObjectInspector_graphic