How to Edit PDFs?



Open Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Acrobat is the primary tool used to create PDF files. If you already have it, simply open it. If you want to buy it, you should know that while it is a little pricey, it is very useful for editing PDFs as well as performing a wide variety of other useful tasks.


Open the file. Click on "File" and "Open" to locate the file.


Turn on the Advanced Editing tool. Click on "Tools," then "Advanced Editing," and then "Show Advanced Editing Toolbar" to do this. This will allow you to edit the PDF as effectively as possible.


Edit images in the PDF (optional). If you'd like to edit images in the PDF, click on the "Touch up Objects" tool on the right end of the Advanced Editing toolbar. Then click on the image and select "Edit image." This will open up the image in Photoshop or another image-editing program. This will also automatically update the image in Adobe Acrobat.


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There are many ways in which a PDF file can be edited, using a wide range of editor tools that are on the market. This page focuses on the typical editing needs in a prepress environment. The following types of changes are discussed:

Text manipulations: how to edit text in a PDF. Image editing: how to edit an image in a PDF file or replace it. Page related changes: how to delete pages, change their order or rotate them. Altering a PDF file: how to merge pages from separate PDF files, edit password protected files or add bleed. Color editing: how to convert a PDF from color to black&white.

At the bottom is also a small overview of PDF editing applications.

Always keep in mind that PDF files are an accurate representation of a document. They are meant for output or on-screen viewing. They are not intended to be intermediate files that can still be edited. There are programs on the market that allow you to change the content of a PDF file and there are...

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In 1993 San Jose, CA based Adobe Systems Inc, introduced the world to what was originally known as Adobe Acrobat and with it, the Portable Document Format (PDF). One of the main goals of the format and software was to create a way to easily transmit large documents with highly sensitive data. And although at first they experienced some glitches and encountered stiff competition, the PDF file achieved its goal and became the standard format of choice for working professionals. From business owners and educators to government personnel and accounting agents, everyone now uses the PDF file to transmit large documents.

Why edit a PDF?

Many of us have encountered situations where PDF files need to be edited for one reason or another. This is a very tricky process and one may easily destroy a document in the process of editing PDF files. PDF files are an accurate representation of a document. They are meant for output or on-screen viewing. They are not intended to be...

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How to add text to a PDF file using Acrobat X

Lori Kassuba December 13, 2011

Did you know it’s possible to add text to a PDF file in Acrobat X Std. or Pro? This will allow you to make text additions to a document. To insert text inyour document open up the Tools pane, Content panel, and click on the Add or Edit Text Box. Sometimes this tool is also referred to as the Typewriter tool. After selecting this command, simply move your cursor, which will appear as an I-beam with the letter A, into the document and click in the area you'd like to begin typing. You can also change the font size, up to 24 points, font type, font color, as well as line spacing with the Typewriter tool.

Now it’s also possible to use this same feature for documents in Adobe Reader X. To do this, select File, Save As, Reader Extended PDF, Enable Adding Text in Documents. Now after saving your file, notice the addition of the purple message bar in the document. Now to check, open the same...

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Note: Portable data files are for viewing, not editing. If you only need to copy text from the PDF, see our document on how to copy text from an Adobe PDF.

Note: If you need to copy text from a PDF that has been scanned, see our how to copy text from a scanned PDF document.

We recommend PDFs be converted to a DOC, ODG, RTF or another file format before editing them. After the file is edited, it can be saved as an updated PDF. Below are the steps for converting a file using a software program or online resources.

Free tools to edit PDF files

We highly recommend the Oracle PDF Import Extension for OpenOffice Draw and PDFill as free tools for editing PDF Files. We found PDF Import Extension to be the most useful free program because of its ability to convert almost any PDF. Also, PDFill can convert images contained in your PDF into vector images, as well as edit PDF objects. It is available for all major platforms, including Mac. PDFill can come in...

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By Brian Duddy, Product Engineer

A lot of people think that PDFs are “read-only” and can’t be edited. Not true! With the right PDF software, you can easily edit a PDF document. There’s no need to hunt down the original source document, make edits to it in another application, and then convert it to PDF again.

Here’s how easy it is to edit PDF text using Foxit PhantomPDF:

Open the document. Click on the ‘Edit Text’ button near the top-center of the screen. To change text, simply locate it and click to highlight it, then type your new text. To delete it, just select text and then hit backspace. Or type the new text directly over the highlighted text.

That’s it. But wait, there’s more!

Want to make sure text flows properly between pages and paragraphs? Just use the Link & Join Text feature.

Want to change the font or how it looks? No problem. Select the text you want to change, then use the EDIT tab to change the font type, adjust size, change the...

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To edit PDF documents in Pages, you will first of all need to convert the documents and then proceed as follows:

Step 1: To enter text into a blank Pages layout document, you will need to type in the text or you can paste from another document. However, before you do that, you will need to create a text box that will hold the text.

Step 2: In order to add text to the text box, you will need to click on the Text Box icon that is usually located in the toolbar at the top of the Pages document. You will need to replace the placeholder text in the text box by either typing or copying and pasting text in it.

Step 3: To change the font, style or size of text in the Pages document, you will need to click or drag the mouse in order to select the text that you want to change. After that you will need to go to Format, and then Font, and then Show Fonts, and after that you should make your selections from the Font...

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Disappointing. Probably okay for some things, but for basic text editing it's brain dead. I wanted to change a typo like "15th, 2016." to "5th,2016." It easily selected the 1, deleted it (once I figured out how). It moved the 5 over, but not the rest of the line, so there was a space before "th". I couldn't select the space to delete it, couldn't select the whole phrase to replace it. (That resulted in selecting the whole line.) Sorry, as a "PDF word processor," which is all I need, this isn't ready for prime time. I've given it 2 stars because presumably it does other tasks you might want. But beware, it crashed once. And and saving to a new name is not the usual Windows procedure. There is no Undo, so save to another name,...

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Have you ever needed to edit PDF documents, like that registration or application form that you needed to complete online?

In the past, you probably had to print the form, fill its fields, add pictures, highlight text, and add your comments. Then, you would either scan it or send a hard copy to wherever it needed to go. Besides needing a printer and a scanner, the process probably took you far too much time to complete.

Now there is a far easier way to edit PDF online. You can simply use PDFfiller!

To get started, you should upload a form to your account or open a document that’s already there. When you open the document, you will see the "Edit" toolbar along the top like this:

Choose the "Text" button and start typing. You can move text by dragging the text box. You can also change the font type or size by clicking the corresponding dropdown in the toolbar. To underline your text, to make it bold or italic, use the "U", "B", and "I" icons.

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PDF is one of the most used formats at the corporate level, simply because it preserves the original formatting. While being good at preserving the original format, PDFs can be quite hard to edit. Once created, PDF files are not made for being edited and should be just used for reviewing.

However, this doesn’t mean you will never have the need of editing a PDF. There could be a typo or the person who sent you the PDF forgot to add something important. Well, if you don’t have the original file, then your last option is to find a way to edit a PDF file.

Fortunately, there are many free and paid tools available that will let you edit a PDF file. But the edits they can offer can never compete against other editable formats, such as Microsoft Word. Some will just let you hide content and paint words over it, others will let you edit actual text, add images and many other simple tweaks you may require.

We are going to list down some handy free and paid tools to edit...

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The PDF file format was originally created by Adobe in the early ’90s and it now the most popular format for exchanging all sorts of documents including presentations, CAD Drawings, invoices, government forms and other legal documents.

There are several reasons why PDF file format is so popular. PDFs are generally more compact (smaller in size) than the source document and they preserve the original formatting. The content of a PDF file cannot be modified easily and you can prevent other users from printing or copying text from PDF documents. Also, you can open a PDF file on any computer or mobile device natively.

Free PDF Editing Tools

While PDF Files are “read only” by default, there are workarounds that will let you modify any PDF document for free without requiring the source files or any of the commercial PDF editing tools like Adobe Acrobat.

We are primarily focusing on tools that let you alter the actual contents of a PDF files. If you are...

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There is certainly no lack of tools -- ones that are good and free -- to help you create PDF documents. But what if you have a job where you need to make new PDFs and your sources are already-created PDF documents? Or if you need to update your company's finished PDFs? The choice of applications that actually allow you to change a PDF after it was created is more limited.

The best-known tool is, of course, Adobe Acrobat, and no wonder: Adobe Systems created the PDF standard. However, Acrobat is not inexpensive; prices begin at $299 for the Standard version.

For this roundup, I compared Adobe Acrobat X Standard (the latest version of the application, which will be released within the next few weeks) to these three competing applications: Foxit PDF Editor 2.2, Nitro PDF Professional 6 and Nuance PDF Converter Professional 7. All of the competitors cost $99.99, considerably less than Acrobat. I tested them on two Dell laptops: one equipped with a 1.86-GHz Pentium M...

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Looking for the best iPad apps to help you sort, organize, edit, and just plain better manage your PDF collections? Whether you store tremendous amounts of PDFs that need to all be searchable or you just need to be able to paperlessly sign and send off a PDF contract, there are lots of App Store apps that make managing PDFs on iPad easier than ever. However, depending on how you interact with PDFs on a regular basis, some apps may be better suited for your use case than others. Considering some PDF apps can be quite costly or take up quite a bit of time to set up, we've done the dirty work for you in order to find which are the absolute best PDF management apps for iPad.

PDF Expert 5

PDF Expert 5 by Readdle lets you organize, annotate, highlight, and manage all your PDF documents in one place. Load them from Dropbox, Google Drive, or another cloud storage account and you're good to go. You can also load documents via iTunes or iCloud if you choose....

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If you find yourself dealing with a lot of PDF files, it’s only natural you’ll want something other than Apple’s basic iBooks before long. iBooks offers a nice interface for reading, but its value begins to diminish if you are looking to annotate, edit or sign a document from your iPad.

Evernote has solid PDF integration as do a handful of other third-party services that you might already be using, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and others, but few of these are as feature-rich as even a free version of one of the following apps.

If you’re a real power user, stick around until the end and I’ll reveal my favorite PDF reader for editing, annotating and signing documents.

The desktop version is often criticized for being bloated and unnecessary This Is Why You Don't Need Adobe Reader but on iOS, Adobe Reader is light, agile and full of amazing features. You can display a range of PDF files, annotate, highlight,...

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