I. Introduction

PDFs, or Portable Document Format, have been the go-to document format for businesses, schools, and individuals since its introduction in 1993. One downside of PDFs is that they can be challenging to edit, and many users struggle to find a good PDF editor that fits their needs and budget. This guide presents useful insights into editing PDFs efficiently and effectively.

II. Step-by-Step Guide

The best method for editing a PDF involves using Adobe Acrobat DC. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat DC and select the PDF file you want to edit.
  2. Click on “Edit PDF” in the right-hand pane, and Adobe Acrobat DC will automatically identify and highlight the editable sections of the PDF in blue.
  3. Edit the text and images using the tools on the right-hand pane.
  4. Save the edited PDF before you close it.

It is essential to back up your original PDF before editing. This helps you restore the PDF, should you make an error or require the original copy in the future.

III. Software Review

Several software options are available for editing PDF files. Here is an overview of the most popular software options:

  • Adobe Acrobat DC: Offers a wide range of editing tools, is highly secure and user-friendly. However, it is costly for individuals at $14.99/month.
  • Nitro PDF Editor: An excellent option for businesses with large PDF editing needs. It offers a free trial, with pricing starting at $14.99/month.
  • Foxit PhantomPDF: Affordable and user-friendly software with a free trial, starting at $7.99/month.

Depending on your needs and budget, any of the above software will be an excellent option. Adobe Acrobat DC remains the most popular in the industry, while Nitro PDF Editor and Foxit PhantomPDF have gained increasing popularity due to their affordable pricing.

IV. Using Free Tools

Several websites offer free tools to edit PDFs online. While these options are cost-effective and straightforward to use, they come with potential security risks. Here is a guide on how to use a free tool:

  1. Choose a free PDF editing website, such as Sejda PDF or PDFescape.
  2. Select the PDF file you want to edit and upload it to the website.
  3. Edit the text and images using the features provided by the website.
  4. Download your edited PDF and save it on your device.

While free online PDF editing tools may not offer extensive functionality, they can be an excellent option for individuals and small businesses with sporadic PDF editing needs.

V. Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts come in handy when editing PDFs. Here are some useful shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+C: Copy text
  • Ctrl+V: Paste text
  • Ctrl+Z: Undo previous edit
  • Ctrl+Y: Redo previous edit
  • Ctrl+F: Find a specific word or phrase in the document
  • Ctrl+P: Print the document

You can also double-click on a word to select it, and triple-click to select a whole line. These shortcuts make the editing process more efficient and less time-consuming.

VI. Collaborating on a PDF

Multiple people may need to edit a PDF at once, and there are several effective methods for collaborating on a PDF. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to collaborate:

  1. Select the PDF file and click on “Share” to create a shareable link.
  2. Copy the generated link and share it with your team.
  3. Your team members can click on the link to access the PDF and make edits.
  4. Everyone can see each other’s edits in real-time, which enhances collaboration.

Collaboration tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft Teams have made PDF collaboration easier and more efficient.

VII. Editing a Scanned PDF

Scanned PDFs are essentially image-based PDFs, which can be difficult to edit directly. However, it is possible to convert them to editable formats using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. Here is how to do it:

  1. Choose an OCR software such as Adobe Acrobat DC or Nitro PDF Editor.
  2. Upload the scanned PDF to the software.
  3. OCR software changes the scanned PDF into an editable text document.
  4. Choose the “Edit Text” tool, edit the text and images, and save it.

Converting a scanned PDF into an editable format can be a time-consuming process. However, it is worthwhile if you frequently work with image-based PDFs.

VIII. Industry-Specific Tips

Different industries have specific needs regarding PDFs. Here are some industry-specific tips:


When working with legal documents, it is essential to take measures to protect sensitive information. Adobe Acrobat DC is a reliable option for law firms as it provides advanced security features.


Financial documents often have a considerable amount of data to present. Thus, Foxit PhantomPDF, which offers a tool to create tables, is an excellent software option to present data professionally.

IX. Conclusion

Editing PDFs can be challenging, but with several software options, free tools, keyboard shortcuts, collaboration tools, and conversion software, users can improve their editing experience. Experiment with different methods and find what works best for you.

For further reading, Adobe’s website offers extensive documentation on Adobe Acrobat DC, and websites such as Capterra.com provide comparisons of various software options.

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