How to Edit PDF Text on Mac


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When it comes to edit PDF on Mac, we all want the texts in PDF flexible. However, there are few PDF editing tools can fully control on the PDF, especially edit PDF in Preview or edit PDF online. And edit PDF with Adobe is too expensive. No worry! Here we show you the effective and cheaper way to edit PDF on Mac. Read on and learn the easy guide to edit PDF on Mac with PDFelement Pro, making you a full control on your PDF files.

Part 1. How to Edit a PDF on Mac

If you want to edit PDF text on Mac as easily as on a Word document, you need a powerful PDF editor like PDFelement Pro. You can edit, add or delete PDF text and adjust font. It is regarded as a professional and easy-to-use tool for users to edit PDF on Mac.

Step 1. Run the Mac PDF Edit Tool and Import PDF Files

After installing the PDF Editor on your Mac, switch on the program from your 'Applications' folder, and then add the PDF files that you want to edit by clicking on 'Open File'.

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Step 2. Edit PDF Text on Mac

Edit PDF text: On the top toolbar, click the 'Text' button and then double click over any text on the PDF page to start editing. There are 2 mode available for you to edit text in PDF files: 'Paragraph Mode' and 'Line Mode'. You're able to directly delete words or add words and sentences to the existing content in the PDF files as you want.

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Add Textbox to PDF: In order to enrich content of the PDF, you may need to add textbox to PDF. To do so, you can click on the 'Add Text' button. Then you can move the cursor to place the textbox as your own needs.

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Mark up text in PDF: With the help of 'Markup' tools on the left tool bar, you can easily markup your PDF texts and draw lines, or you can add Sticky Note and Text Box.

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Step 3. Edit PDF Pages on Mac

Edit PDF Pages: Navigate to the left side menu, click 'Organize PDF', you can see there are several options for editing PDF pages, such as delete pages from PDF, extract pages, add pages to PDF, crop pages, rotate pages, etc.

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Step 4. Edit PDF Image on Mac

Edit PDF Images: If you want to edit PDF images, just click the 'Image' button, and then you can crop, replace, extract or insert images to PDF easily.

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Step 5. Edit PDF Form on Mac

Edit PDF Form: With this PDF edit tool, you can also fill out PDF form on Mac with ease. To edit PDF form, you can click on the 'Form' button to start edit PDF forms with multiple PDF editing tools. Except for editing PDF forms, you can also use this tool to create PDF forms on Mac according to your own needs.

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Video on How to Edit PDF Text with PDFelement Pro

PDFelement Pro is a multi-functional PDF editor on Mac. This PDF editor provides you multiple PDF editing tools and easiest way to edit and manage your PDF documents. Free download and try to explore more features you needed.

Key features of Mac PDF Editor:

  • Easily edit texts, images, links, pages, background and more on PDF.
  • Robust your PDF editing and allow text auto fit to maintain document style.
  • Add annotation, markup, highlight, underline or strikethrough to PDF.
  • Convert PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, Images, EPUB, etc.
  • Combine multiple PDF files into one PDF or split PDF.
  • Fully control PDF pages by rotating, removing or add pages.
  • Quickly add texts, fill out PDF forms, and create PDF forms.
  • Easily edit and convert scanned PDF with OCR function.

Part 2. View and Edit PDF with Preview on Mac

Preview not only can manage and view images, but also allows you to view and edit PDF files on Mac. With Preview, you can add notes, highlight or copy texts in a PDF file. However, Preview does not allows you to delete original texts in PDF and you cannot change the rectangle color for adding texts. Below is the process on how to edit PDF with Preview.

Step 1. Drag and drop your PDF file to the Preview program dock, and you're the PDF file will be open with Preview.

Step 2. Copy text from PDF in Preview. Navigate to the upper toolbar, and click the Text. And you can click on PDF and move your cursor to select the texts you want. Then control-click to select the Copy option or press Command + C to copy the texts.

Step 3. Annotate and markup PDF in Preview. Click Annotate on top of the toolbar. Then you will get a series of annotation tools and markup tools appear at the bottom of the PDF page. Now you can highlight, underline or add strikethrough to texts in PDF. Or you can choose Rectangle, Oval, Text or Arrow to annotate PDF.

Step 4. Fill out PDF form in Preview. When you open a PDF form with Preview, you can click the Text button and click the field to input the information to PDF directly. Note that some PDF files may only be printable but not editable in Preview.

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