How to Edit PDF Online for Free


Nowadays, PDF is a standard document format that is widely used for many different purposes. But it also has some disadvantages. For example, the files are difficult to edit. This is because the PDF files are meant for on-screen viewing and not for working with the content after the initial creation of the document.

Have you ever encountered the problem that many PDF files can only be read and cannot be edited? Most operating systems have a PDF file reader which will allow you to read a document. However, maybe you will feel difficult to find a powerful enough PDF editor to edit the PDF files.

This article will introduce 4 ways in detail about how to edit the PDF files online, hoping to help you choose the best way.

Method 1 - EasePDF (Recommended)

EasePDF is a kind of online software that aims at providing free online tools for all users. It has more than 20 tools, including Word to PDF, Excel to PDF, eSign PDF, Split PDF, Merge PDF, Unlock PDF and so on. All the functionality of this website is available for free. You don't have to register or hand in your personal information.

The Edit PDF tool in this software can provide simple and practical online edit functions for all users to avoid changing PDF to Word and Word to PDF for several times. You can easily add texts, images or adjust the color and size settings of these texts. Move or delete added objects are also supported.

Step 1. To begin, you need to navigate to EasePDF then you can see the "Edit PDF" tab by clicking the drop-down icon of the "All PDF Tools" tab. Click the "Edit PDF" button then you can use the Edit PDF tool.

EasePDF Homepage All PDF Tools Edit PDF

Step 2. Select the PDF file that you want to customize. You can upload the PDF files in 3 ways. First, you can click the "Add File(s)" button to access files on your devices. Second, you can click on the cloud drives icons below the upload button to add files from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other URL on the internet. Third, you can just drag and drop the files to the uploading area.

EasePDF Edit PDF

Step 3. Use the tools in the menu to edit your PDF according to your needs. There are three ways for you to edit the PDF files. First, you can add your text and edit the font format that you need. Second, you can create a signature by clicking the corresponding button in the toolbar. Thirdly, upload images are also supported in this tool. More new tools will be added continuously. When you finished it, click the "Save" button to start to work.

EasePDF Edit PDF Tools

Step 4. Your new PDF files will be ready to download immediately. After the download is complete, you can not only download it but also can share it with your friends by copying and pasting the URL link that EasePDF creates for you.

Method 2 - Smallpdf

Smallpdf is also a good choice to edit PDF documents online. You can edit PDF online with mobile devices. No installation or registration is necessary.

It has several advantages to edit PDF files. First, you can add text and fill forms in this online platform. Second, aside from adding text, you can modify your PDF further by adding various shapes and drawings. Third, this online software can make sure the security of your PDF files.

Step 1. Visit Smallpdf website. Click the "Edit PDF" button to start your work. You can find it on the third line.

Smallpdf Homepage

Step 2. Drag and drop your PDF document into the PDF Editor. Files from Google Drive or DropBox can also be edited.

Smallpdf Edit PDF Choose File

Step 3. After choosing the file, you can add text, images, shapes or freehand annotations as you wish. You can also edit the size, font and color of the added content by clicking the corresponding icons.

Smallpdf Edit PDF Tools

Step 4. When you finished, click the "Download" button to download the file.

Method 3 - PDF2GO

PDF2GO is an online platform that converts PDF files online without software installation. All files you upload will be automatically deleted after 24 hours. So you don't need to worry about the security of the files. We make no backup of your files. Since our service is automated, your files will not be manually monitored by anyone. The Edit PDF tool on this online platform allows you to edit a PDF document directly. You can also highlight passages or add a watermark to the PDF.

Since our service is automated, your files will not be manually monitored by anyone. The Edit PDF tool on this online platform allows you to edit a PDF document directly. You can also highlight passages or add a watermark to the PDF.

Step 1. First of all, you need to go to PDF2GO for entering the "Edit PDF" tool.

PDF2GO Homepage

Step 2. Upload the file you want to edit. Drag and drop your file into the box above to upload it. Browsing your computer or using a document from a cloud service is possible as well.

Step 3. In the toolbar, you can see many editing tools. You can click the corresponding icon to edit your PDF file. On the left, you can see the thumbnails of your PDF pages. Choose the one you want to edit. Above the preview, you can choose the actions you want to take. Additional actions like undo, redo, and zoom are also available. For more options such as stroke size, font color, etc. just open the "Options" menu.

PDF2GO Edit PDF Tools

Step 4. Click on "Save" to receive your edited PDF. You can tick the box for more security. That's mean it will prevent others from editing the document or revealing potential hidden areas.

PDF2GO Edit PDF Save

Method 4 - PDF Candy

PDF Candy is a free online PDF tool, it can provide users all over the world with absolutely free online and offline tools for working with PDF files (converting, splitting, merging, rotating, etc). 

Step 1. Go to visit PDF Candy. Click the "Edit PDF" button, you can find it on the second line of the homepage.

Step 2. Drag and drop the PDF file to the PDF editor zone above or use the "Add file(s)" button to select the document from your device. You can also upload files from Dropbox and Google Drive.

Step 3. The tools in the toolbar are available to edit your PDF online. Add rectangle, Highlight zone, Strikeout text, Add text can all be supported to edit your PDF files. You can adjust color and size settings for Add text. Select text, move or delete added objects with the use of the Select tool if needed. There are "Undo" and "Redo" buttons that can undo the latest action and redo it again if needed for the better user experience. The "Clear all" button can erase all the added annotations at once. All the functionality of this online PDF editor is available for free. When you finished, click the "Apply changes" button.

PDF Candy Edit PDF tools

Step 4. Click on "Save" to keep your settings and then download your PDF files (or to the cloud).


Step 4. We've summarized 4 free solutions for editing PDF online for free. They each have their advantages. After reading this article, I hope you can choose a suitable tool. Of course, we'll be glad if you leave your feedback and feel free to contact us.

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