I want to include an Excel table in my ArcMap Layout which is working fine as long as I won't print to PDF. If I export the map to PDF the table looks like this: enter image description here

There are a lot of weird characters and I have no clue why it looks so different to the original table which is still correct in ArcMap. Does anybody knows a solution for this problem?

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Try this: In ArcMap>File>Export Map...>Select PDF>Format Tab>Check 'Embed All Document Fonts'

This makes the PDF functional by machines/printers that do not have the fonts used in the source doc. It may be an issue here due the embedded object (Excel) within the map doc.

If that doesn't work, try changing the font in Excel to Arial. There are several posts here: https://geonet.esri.com/search.jspa?q=PDF+excel+font

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    We like long answers here. Can you expand on why this is the right answer please?
    – Brad Nesom
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 13:35
  • "Embed all document fonts" is activated but it looks still like above :-( Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 13:42
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    Can you post what it should look like? Have you tried changing the font in the Excel to Arial? Also, do you have the option to Print to PDF?
    – dbusses
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 13:52
  • Yes, the font was the problem. I changed it to Arial and it worked. But how is it possible to use a different font without this font distortion? Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 14:06

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