Are you still questioning how to add text or shapes into your PDF? Do you want to highlight or insert images into your PDF? There are many ways in Google if you search how to edit ad PDF or how to make a PDF editable. To be convenient, in this article, we will provide you with 4 ways to help you edit PDF file quicky and easily. They are all free to use and don’t need to be installed, you can select one of them according to your need.
PDF, also called Portable Document Format, is a highly compatible and stable file format. It can be read by many devices and the content won’t be changed because of the difference of the devices. In this way, it’s not easy to be edited. However, when we want to edit it, we need to convert it to other formats or need a PDF Editor to help us.
Option One - Convert PDF to Word for Editing
Method 1 - Convert PDF to Word with EasePDF
EasePDF has the basic conversion tools, and the ability to create PDF files or convert files in other formats to PDF online for free. You can use EasePDF to convert PDF to Word in a short time without limitation and registration. However, the file size and the network will affect the speed of conversion. We recommend that the files uploaded should not exceed 50MB at a time.
Step 1. Go to EasePDF PDF to Word Online Converter.
Step 2. Secondly, you have ways to upload your PDF file. You can upload your files from your local device, Google Drive, Dropbox or by pasting the URL link. EasePDF now also support batch-processing files, so you can upload several files in one time (up to 50 MB).
Step 3. Thirdly, wait for the conversion. When you see the conversion is complete, you can feel free to download it. In this step, you can also download files to your local device, the cloud, or to share it with your friends by copying and pasting the URL link. The link is valid in 24 hours, after that, all your loaded files will be deleted by the server automatically.
Method 2 - Convert PDF to Word on Google Docs
Google Docs is an online document processor, which can help users access, create, and edit their documents wherever they are. It can convert Word files to other file formats and vice versa, and open a PDF file and save it to other formats. It is very practical and convenient to use.
Step 1. Now first launch Google Docs. If you don't have a Google account, you may need to create one. Then go to Google Docs via any device, and log in your Google account if you haven't log in.
Step 2. Click the file button that the below picture showed. Find out the upload button and enter to a new page.
Step 3. Click "Upload" to open a file in your computer. Then select "select a file in your computer".
Step 4. Click "Open with Google Docs", and then select "opened by Google Docs", then click on the "Files".
Step 5. Now you will go to an editable page. Here you can edit your PDF file directly. If necessary, you can select "File" and download it as Word. The converted Word document will be downloaded to your device, then let's feel free to edit it in Word.
Option Two - Convert PDF to Word on Microsoft Word
If you don't have a Google account or you have already installed Microsoft Office Word in your computer, you can try this method. But you need to update your Microsoft Office to 2013 or above version.
Step 1. Open Microsoft Word.
Step 2. Move your mouse to the left menu and click on "Open". Here you have two ways to load your PDF file. One is from your Dropbox account, the other is from your local computer. Select "Browse" to upload your PDF file.
Step 3. After you have opened your PDF file, you will wonder why I can't edit this document. That's because you are now in a read-only mode. Now let's see there is a notice below the menu - "PROTECTED VIEW - Be careful - files from the Internet can contain viruses. Unless you need to edit, it's safer to stay in Protected view." You just need to click on "Enable Editing", then you can start to edit your file.
Step 4. Click "File" to save it as a .docx document.
This method is only suitable for non-images PDF file. Microsoft will automatically convert your PDF file to Word format when you open the file, and can't save it as PDF again. If you want to edit a complex PDF file with texts, graphics and images, you can use Adobe Acrobat or other PDF converters.
Option Three - EasePDF Free Online PDF Editor
The above methods are to convert the PDF file into the easy-to-edit Word document and then edit the file. If you only need to make a simple edit of the PDF file, or your PDF contains plenty of images and graphics, and you don't want to change the format, you can directly use EasePDF Online PDF Editor to add text, images, highlights, etc.
It can't be ignored that Edit PDF is a good tool in EasePDF. When comes to Edit PDF, here are options that can be introduced:
User-friendly - A little bit different from other conversion tools, there is a menu where you can find the fundamental editing tools, along with a few advanced tools. Preview your PDF pages on the left. You can clearly find out the pages you want by scrolling down the slider.
Fundamental tools - Let's take adding text as an example. When you create a text and enter all the contents, then you can see some options are popped out to offer you the options like the color and size of your font. Besides, you can add images, shapes, and highlights into your PDF.
Step 1. Go to EasePDF Edit PDF.
Step 2. Upload your PDF file from your local device, or from Google Drive, Dropbox, and URL link.
Step 3. Now you can see your PDF file. Select the page you want to edit, and use the tools in the menu to help you add texts, shapes, and so on. You can also draw with a brush in different thickness. If you want to delete a page, you can scroll down, select that page, and click on the delete icon.
Step 4. Finally, click on the "Save" button to save your edit.
Step 5. Download your edited PDF file. You can also share it by copying and pasting the link, which is invalid in 24 hours as the server will delete all your loaded files in 24 hours after the conversion.
Are those methods can work well on Mac and Windows?
Yes. All the methods we mentioned above are compatible and easy to use. No matter what devices you use, or what systems you are in, they can help you a lot. But if you use Microsoft to convert PDF to Word, you need to pay attention whether your version is 2013 or above.
I have inserted plenty of images into the PDF, how can I reduce the size of the file?
Don't worry, we also have ways for you to compress your PDF file. You can reduce the size of your images before inserting them into your PDF by using Tinypng. It's a tool to help user cut the size of their images in many formats. Or you can compress your PDF file by using EasePDF Online Compressor. It's free to use without any limitation and watermark. You can go to this article for more information - 3 Easy Ways to Compress PDF Files.
Can I delete the texts in the PDF?
It depends on the way you select to make your PDF editable. If you have converted the file to an editable format like Word document, you can delete the content. Google Docs also supports users to delete the original content. But if you use online PDF Editor like EasePDF, you just can delete the texts and images you added but not the original content.
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