How Do You Edit A PDF? (Proper and Quick Tips)

Saving the paper and using a PDF is like alternately saving our mother nature. I know it sounds offbeat but, I am glad Adobe discovered a PDF file that has somewhere reduced the usage of paper. PDF stands for Portable Document File, where we can carry it wherever we go on our phones, laptops, or could send it to anyone via email, it’s that simple, isn’t it? Anyways, many people have asked me before “How do you edit a PDF?

Mind you, PDF files are not at all user-friendly, I mean not everyone is familiar with them especially those toddlers who are just newbies to handle PDF files. If you are also unaware of how to edit PDF files, no worries, by the end of the article, you will know how to edit the way you want.

Make sure to follow the guide till the end that we have managed to prepare for you. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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Quick Ways to Edit PDF files

Editing a PDF is not an impossible thing but it’s just a little complex. But you shall not feel so if you follow the methods mentioned below. Here are some quick effective ways to edit PDF files.

How to Edit a PDF file on Windows

Here we will edit PDF file using Microsoft Word in Windows. This is the simple and less time-consuming way to do so. However, we do need to be careful because elements such as tables, spacing, font styles, etc which are present inside the PDF could get change after you edit the PDF.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word on your computer, or search it from the taskbar.

Step 2: In the upper menu bar, click on File.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 3: Now, select Open the list of options, navigate and open the PDF file that you want to edit.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 4: A message window will appear asking you for permission to open the PDF file in Microsoft Word that might be compatible with Word, click on OK.

Step 5: Now, do the changes or edit your PDF the way you want.

Step 6: Once done, select File located in the menu bar, and save your Word document in PDF format.

It’s that simple! Now you can do this anytime when you feel to edit any PDF file.

How to Edit a PDF file on Mac

Mac users have a slight advantage, as they have a built-in option available as a Preview option, which will allow you to make changes in the PDF including other file formats. Let’s see how it.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 1: Just open the PDF file and simply place the cursor where you want to make changes in the text.

Step 2: Visit Tools, followed by Annotate and then click on Text in order to make changes in the text.

Step 3: Go to View, click on Show Markup Toolbar and press A. This will allow you to make changes in font, font size, font color including other elements and settings as well.

How to Highlight a text in PDF in Mac

Step 1: Simply select the text that you want to highlight.

Step 2: Click on the small pan icon located in the upper right corner and switched the highlight mode on.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Likewise, just select the small arrow located beside the pen icon to edit text color, strikethrough the text, or underline the text.

That’s how you edit a quick PSD file on Mac.

How to Edit a PDF file on Google Docs

Google documents is a good and very well-known platform to edit your PDF file. The only condition is that you will need to have internet access. Here’s how to edit a PDF file on Google Docs.

Step 1: Open Google Drive using your Google account.

Step 2: Now, click on the New located on the left sidebar.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 3: From the list, select File upload.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 4: Now select the PDF file that you want to edit or to make changes, and click on Open.

Step 5: Once done, click on Recent located on the left sidebar in order to verify that your select PDF file is uploaded to your Google Drive account.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 6: Do a right-click on the same PDF file and select Open With, and then select to open with Google Docs.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 7: A new Google Docs will be created and double click on it and make the changes or edit the PDF file the way you want and save the changes.

Step 8: Once done, download the PDF file.

You can also send the file easily to anyone via email, and you’re good to go.

Other Possible valid ways to edit your PDF

Below are some other possible valid ways to edit your PDF which might not be quick.

Adobe Acrobat DC & Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat is the proper and valid way to edit your PDF file on the optimum level. However, if you work in corporate companies, Adobe Acrobat is most recommended. Mind you, this is not the freeway to edit a PDF, it will cost a bot to your pocket. But good thing is that you can enroll for 7 days free trial version of Adobe Acrobat DC.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

We recommend you using Adobe Reader as it is the cross-platform that will allow you to create free PDF without any cost, it’s absolutely free.

Let’s see the feature of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader:

Adobe Acrobat DC Adobe Acrobat Reader
annotate PDFsannotate PDFs
Search PDFsSearch PDFs
View PDFsView PDFs
print PDFsprint PDFs
Sign PDFsSign PDFs
Create PDcombine PDFsCreate PD-Fs
 Edit PDFs Edit PDFs
Convert PDF files with Word
Compare forms
Protect PDFs

As you can see Adobe Acrobat DC will provide you more features and functions than Adobe Acrobat DC. But Adobe Acrobat Reader is free to use and get your job done if you want to just edit the PDF and make changes.

How to Edit PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader

To do so, users need to do the following. Make sure to download Adobe Acrobat Reader on your PC.

Step 1: Just open you PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 2: Now, open the Sign & Fill function located on the quick menu on the top of your document. Or click on View > Fill & Sign, select Open.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 3: Select the place or area of a PDF that you want to edit, click on the entire area in order to type the text, edit font size, and color, etc in the document.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Step 4: Once done, visit File > Save as the document will be saved as ne file.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Adobe Acrobat Reader can also retain your original document as a backup.

Free PPDT Editors

There are many PDF editors are available in software markets. Some of them are free but some are buggy and glitchy. Here are some good PDF editors that are quite useful to edit your PDF.

Sejda PDF Editor

Sejda is a well-known and popular PDF editor that will create and edit your PDF document for free. It is free up to 20 pages and less than 50 MB of data. Don’t worry about the security, the files will automatically get vanished from the server itself in 5 hours.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

User-friendly UI and all needed features availble, Sejda PDF Editor is all you shall have.


Introducing you to an offline PDF editor, Smallpdf which is also a cloud-based editor made for computers. You can do e-signing, and highlight the information, and more.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

You can modify your PDF the way you want, you also edit Word, PowerPoint files, and more.


PDFelemet will cost you a bit providing you more than effective features. But the free version is not bad at all, but it does limit with some features.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

Editing PDF, creating PDF, changing PDF format, etc, you can do anything including adding a signature to a specific PDF.

PDF-XChange Editor

PDF-XChange Editor is an advanced PDF editor with a complex UI. This comes with an OCR (Optical Character Recognition), it will detect text on photocopied PDF before modifying them.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)

The only drawback is the PDF-XChange Editor will leave a watermark when you export a PDF.


Inkscape is a PDF editor is focused on graphical UI. It is good and somewhere is complex to use. We recommend you to use Inkscape PDF editor when you only want to edit a PDF.

How Do You Edit A Pdf? (proper & Quick Tips)


All the methods mentioned above are very good to edit a PDf. If anyone ever asks you in the feature “How do you edit a PDF?”, you can recommend your suggestions or the best you can do is to refer to the same article.

Freeways to edit PDF are good for those who want to only edit a PDF and nothing else. In case you want to edit a PDF in a quick way, you can follow the method to edit PDF using Windows and Google Docs. Mac users can follow the built-in Preview option to edit their PSD as mentioned above.

That’s it for now, hope this helps! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Till then stay tuned for more info.

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