PDF is a short form for “portable document format”. The main purpose of PDF files is to prevent modification of the document, at least to some extent. But PDFs are not totally shielded from editing. One way to prevent someone from editing a PDF is by adding a password to it. If you don’t know how to check out our other article on how to Password Protect a PDF Document.
Can you edit a PDF?
Yes, you can edit a pdf using different software. Although the PDF was created to prevent modification, they can be edited. You can also edit a PDF for free online. In this article we’ll show you how to pdf free online on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows and also while using Adobe Acrobat DC.
How to Edit a PDF on Mac and Windows
Method 1: Using Adobe Acrobat
Adobe’s populous Adobe Acrobat DC can help you edit any PDF file. To edit a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat follow the guide below. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat DC installed, skip to the second method.
Step 1. Open Adobe Acrobat DC.
Step 2. Click the Select a File button
Step 3. Select a PDF file you wish to edit and click Open
Step 4. Start editing your PDF file.
Using Adobe Acrobat DC, you can edit existing text, add new, format fonts; add, replace or delete images, add watermarks and annotate a PDF file. Use the Format section to add new text, edit text, or update available text, and the Objects section to add, replace, move, or resize images.
Step 5. Save your edited PDF file. Click on File > Save or File > Save As.
Adobe Acrobat DC is however a paid software. Wondering how to edit pdfs for free?
Method 2: Using PDFescape
For those who don’t have Adobe Acrobat DC installed, don’t fret. It’s not a must. You can still edit a PDF file using dozens if not hundreds of tools available online. One of them is PDFespace which has always worked out for us.
How to edit pdf free online
- First, go to pdfescape.com
- Upload the PDF file you want to edit
- Edit your PDF file. Pdfescape provides you with a couple of tools for editing a PDF document. You can insert text, an image, a freehand draw, a line, arrow, circle, form field, checkmark and more. A whiteout helps you easily remove text. Pdfescape also allows PDF annotation, rotation, cropping, etc.
- Save and Download the edited PDF
Best Free Online PDF Editors for Mac and Windows
Apart from PDFescape, there are dozens of other free online pdf editing tools available for both Mac and Windows users. We’ve rounded up the best so you don’t have to. These will help you
Why You May Want to Pay for a Good PDF Editor
As mentioned above, there are many free online PDF editors out there. But of course, free things aren’t always better. If you’re ready to spend some money to get a good PDF editor, we recommend Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. It’s the best in the industry. But it costs a steep $179.88 a year which may be a turn off to many. However, there are some alternatives that cost a bit less.
Best Adobe Acrobat Pro DC alternatives
- Nitro Pro 12
- Foxit PhantomPDF Business 9
- iSkySoft PDF Editor 6 Professional
- PDF Complete Office Edition 4.2
- PDFelement Pro 7
- Qoppa PDF Studio Pro 2018
- Power PDF Advanced 3
- pdfforge PDF Architect 6 Professional