How to Edit A PDF File? (In 3 different ways)

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Edit A PDF File in 3 different ways

Abbreviated for portable document files, Adobe’s PDF files are most commonly used file extension type these days. Unlike most of the other formats, especially Microsoft Word’s .doc or .docx formats, PDF is primarily developed for viewing and not for editing per se. Since PDF documents do not change the formatting, they are most preferred file type. This exact nature of this, make it easily shareable and readable across all kinds of devices.

PDF files are best when you do not want any formatting change on them, however, along with its pros comes some flipside as well. PDF files are difficult to format without having either Acrobat reader or 3rd part PDF editing software installed on your device.

In this particular write-up, you will read in detail on how to use Acrobat Reader or any other software to edit PDF documents. Here we go!

Ways to Edit a PDF Document

1. Using Acrobat Reader to Edit PDF Documents

Since, PDF format was created by Adobe, they have provided an editing feature within their Acrobat Reader software. With Acrobat Reader editing and formatting a PDF document is much easier and faster, however, all these features are provided only within the software’s premium/paid versions. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your device yet, and if you are in a hurry to edit a PDF, I recommend you subscribe to their FREE trial.

It’s very simple to edit your pdf document using Acrobat Reader and here is how you do it.

  1. Step 1 – Open Acrobat Reader program on your device. It could be either an Application on your mobile phone or a program file on your PC.
  2. Step 2 – Once it is open you click on Home and Open the PDF file that you want to edit on Acrobat Reader. Now you should be able to view the entire content of the pdf file on your device.
  3. Step 3 – Click on Tools in the menu ( located on the left corner of your screen). Upon clicking Tool, you see a list of tools displayed on your screen. Off all the icons, click on Edit PDF icon and click on the open button just below it.
  4. Step 4 – Click on the content within the PDF file that you want to edit, which transforms the content to interactive mode. In this mode, you can edit text, correct spelling errors, resize content and other elements within the file, and much more.
  5. Step 5 – Once you are done editing, go to Home menu and Save the document.

That’s it. Simple isn’t it?

2. Using 3rd party Software to Edit PDF Documents

There are many free and paid PDF editors available in the market today. If you feel paying for Acrobat Reader tool is not justified, not to worry. Simply try some of the free 3rd party tools to edit PDF. I am listing a couple of third-party tools that you must definitely try.

  1. PDFSam – With PDFSam one can merge, rotate, split, convert, edit and more on PDF files. PDFSam’s basic version is FREE and offers a good amount of features within it.
  2. PDF XChange Suite – This pdf editor has two versions – A FREE and a Paid version. The best part is that FREE version covers almost 85% of all features available in the premium package. PDFXChange suit is considered to be one of the smallest, fastest and features rich PDF editor.
  3. PDFeScape - PDFescape is a browser-based web application and supports almost all browsers. PDFeScape is known to offer the quick solution to PDF editing problems.

3. Using MS word to Edit PDF Documents

You might think I am crazy to put such a solution, but I felt it qualifies to be on the list. If you are changing a small textual PDF file, I would recommend you to type it in word (.docx format), make necessary changes and then use an online word to pdf converter to get the final edited PDF. You will certainly save a lot of time!

With hundreds of FREE and Premium PDF editing tools available in the market, relying completely on Acrobat Reader for editing and formatting is the thing of the past.  With third-party software for almost no cost to you, anything can be given a format of your choice.



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