However, changing or editing PDF documents is still not as easy as most other text documents because they are not really to be edited.
Most PDFs start with a source file in another native format (such as Word) and are then converted to PDF file format for distribution. If you are not the original author, it will be more difficult to edit the file, either because the source file is not available to you, or because you do not have a suitable application to edit it.
The good news is that there are multiple ways to edit PDF documents. We will show you four great tools that make this possible.
Using Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat is the most obvious PDF editing tool. Like most Adobe products, you can easily get it online by purchasing the publisher’s standard or professional edition.
If you don’t want to pay for this, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial and access the powerful features of Acrobat DC.
To begin editing your PDF, you must open the file in Adobe Acrobat.
Go to File>Open.
Select the Edit PDF tool in the right pane.
Click on the text or image you’d like to edit. Acrobat will display all the editing tools you’ll need to format your text.
Note: If you want to use a specific font and it is not installed or embedded on your system, you cannot edit any text in the PDF document. For embedded fonts, you can only change the font size and color.
Save the file after completing the changes.
You can use Adobe Acrobat to edit PDF documents on Windows and Mac clients. Also, by subscribing to Acrobat Pro DC, you can use any device to edit PDF anytime, anywhere on Android and iOS. the Acrobat Reader mobile app.
Using Microsoft Word
If you already have the latest version of Microsoft Word (2013 or later), this is the easiest and fastest way to edit documents based on existing PDFs.
The two formats are essentially different, which means that certain information, such as cell spacing tables, font effects, table filling functions, etc., may be lost in translation.
First, open the Microsoft Word program and click on the file.
Click Open to select the PDF file you want to edit from the document window.
You will receive a message that Word will convert your PDF to an editable document and convert its content to a format that Word can display. However, it does not change the original PDF.
Click OK. Make the changes you want on the document, and click File>Save to save it back to PDF format.
Using Google Docs
This is a fast and easy-to-use alternative method for editing PDF files. Here are the steps you need to follow to edit PDF files in Google Docs.
Log in to Google Drive with your Google account. Click New in the upper left corner.
Select File Upload.
In the document window, find the PDF file you want to edit and click Open. Once the upload completes, click Recent on the left pane to find the PDF you just uploaded.
Right click on the PDF file name and select Open With>Google Docs.
A new, editable Docs file will be created.
Double click on it to make the necessary changes and download it as a PDF. You can also email or share it with others using a shareable link.
Using a PDF Editor
It is not easy to find a PDF editor that allows you to edit, add or modify text and images, sign, fill out forms, etc. However, there are some online PDF editors that can be used with your web browser to edit your PDF files and then save them to your computer or cloud storage, or share them with others.
Not all PDF editors offer the same functions; some have restrictions on what you can and cannot do, but you can use multiple tools to process the same PDF document. Their functions are not as comprehensive as those of desktop PDF editors like Acrobat, so they cannot convert perfectly, which means you will encounter strange formats and wrong translations.
One of the many online PDF editors that you can use is the Sejda PDF editor. An added fact is that it can run entirely in your web browser, or you can get a desktop version.
Just go to Sejda PDF’s website, and click PDF Editor under the Edit & Sign column.
There, upload the PDF file you want to edit. You can click on the green Upload PDF file button to upload your file from your computer.
You can also select a location by clicking the drop down menu and upload from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or a Web Address (URL).
Note: The desktop edition doesn’t let you add PDFs by URL or online storage services.
You now have an editable format of your document. Like Acrobat, Sejda PDF editor offers a menu with editing tools you can use to format your text using different fonts, colors, or sizes.
Make the changes you want and then click Apply Changes (green button) at the bottom center of your screen.
Don’t worry about your files getting stored on the internet. Sejda deletes all uploaded files automatically after two hours. You can also delete it yourself by clicking Delete Files icon.
These methods are a good start to PDF editing and should be enough to cover the needs of most users.