PDF files offer an easy way to share information and million of people are now using it. But they can be very hard to modify. In this article I will be showing you how to edit PDF files without losing the original contents. Some PDF editing files will help you to preserve the original formats but it also comes with a price.
What then is PDF?
Portable Document Format (PDF) according to Adobe is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably, independent of software, hardware, or operating system. Invented by Adobe, PDF is now an open standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). PDFs can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, video, and business logic. They can also be signed electronically and are easily viewed using free Acrobat Reader DC software
It’s noteworthy that some PDF files are password protected making them difficult to edit, hence the best way to edit may be breaking the encryption software or simply taking the screenshots of the PDF and start creating from scratch. So below are the best ways on how to edit PDF files.
How to edit PDF files with Microsoft Word
Let me say here that older versions of Microsoft word processors older than Microsoft Word 2013 cannot edit PDF files, they will only make a mess of the whole work. In fact what you get at times are mere file code or error messages but since the Microsoft Word 2013 was released, editing PDF files with Microsoft Word 2013 is no longer a task demanding brain work.
On the instructions page of Microsoft there are step-by-step instructions for opening and editing a PDF, but to make the process easy for everyone, I have simplified the process here.
Step 1: Launch MS Word, click the File option in the top-left corner of the window, and select Open option from the drop-down menu. Then, select Computer followed by the Browse button on the right-hand side of the window, and choose the PDF file you wish to edit. You can enter the name of the file to make locating it easier.
Step 2: Then, click the Open button in the bottom-right corner of the window. The file may not retain original format if it’s highly formatted.
There are various options available in Ms Word that will enable you add texts, images etc. After the PDF file has been edited you can convert back to PDF file if you so wish
How to edit PDF files with Adobe Acrobat
Adobe is the best PDF files editor you can find around because with it even the original formats of PDF can be preserved. Like I said this comes with a price tag. Most people using Adobe are using the free version. If you have the free version you may not be able to edit PDF files, therefore it will be necessary to upgrade to the paid version. The paid version has straightforward and intuitive options available for easy navigation. So if you are using the paid version, below is the steps on how to edit PDF files.
Step 1: Open a file in Adobe Acrobat.
Step 2: Locate and open the PDF you wish to edit.
Step 3: Click the Tools option in the top-right corner of the window, followed by the Content Editing panel at the top of the resulting drop-down list.
Step 4: Select the part of the PDF you wish to alter. Adobe will automatically present you with the respective, available tool set once chosen.
Step 5: Add, replace, move, or resize images on the page using selections from the Objects list.
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