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There are several software tools available that make editing a PDF a straightforward process. If you’re using your computer or want to edit PDFs with cloud-based software, there are also a few different methods to do so. JotForm’s PDF Editor is also one of the best options you can use for that purpose.

How to edit a PDF in Adobe Acrobat

Acrobat is available for both Mac and Windows, with a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Follow these steps: 

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Go to “File,” and click “Open.”
  3. Choose the PDF file you want to edit.
  4. Once your file opens, select “Edit PDF” from the toolbar on the right.
  5. If you want to edit text, place your cursor on the text you want to edit.
  6. Using the “Format” option at the top of the toolbar, select “Format.”
  7. To edit an image, place the cursor on the image you want to edit.
  8. Modify it by using the “Objects” option.

How to Edit a PDF on Mac

Apple provides every Mac with Preview, a free program that allows you to view and edit a PDF and other file types. With Preview, you can highlight text, include a signature, or add text and comments.

Add Text:

  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert text.
  2. Go to “Tools,” click on “Annotate,” select “Text,” and start typing.
  3. To change the font, size, or color, go to “View,” click on “Show Markup Toolbar,” and press A.
  4. You also can move the text box anywhere on the document.

Highlight Text:

  1. Select the text you want to highlight.
  2. Switch the highlight mode on or off by selecting ().
  3. If you want to change the color of the highlight, or strikethrough or underline it, click () and select an option.
  4. Anytime you select text, it will highlight as long as the highlight mode is selected.
  5. To review a highlight, control-click the text and chose “Remove Highlight.”

How to Edit a PDF on Windows

You probably have a copy of Microsoft Word already. Since Word 2013, you can open a PDF file directly and convert it to an editable Word document. You can then edit the document as needed. When finished, save the document as a PDF.

There are dozens of tools that allow you to edit a PDF on Windows; however, most of these come with a price. In additional to Acrobat Reader, Foxit Reader is a free and popular PDF editing tool.

Add Text:

  1. Go to the “Edit” menu.
  2. From the toolbar, select the “Edit Text” icon.
  3. To edit text, place the cursor where you want new text and start typing, or paste in your text.
  4. If you want to change the font, size, color, or alignment, you can pick those options.

Highlight:

Go to the Comment menu and choose from the following buttons:

  • Highlight — Drag your cursor over the text you want to highlight. You can also select the color.
  • Strikethrough — Select the text you want to strikethrough, and click on the “Strikethrough” button.
  • Leave a note — If you want to leave detailed note, highlight the text and pick the “Note” option. You can type your comments in the area provided.

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