PDF files aren't designed to be edited. But how many times have you received a PDF by email, only to find you need to make a change to it?
For this tip of the week (TOTW), we explain how to edit a PDF.
You probably use the free Adobe Reader software to open PDFs, but this is no good for making changes. One option is to fork out £250+ for Adobe's Acrobat package. But if that doesn't appeal, there are a number of free tools out there that let you edit PDF files.
Edit a PDF with PDF to Word
Because PDF files simply aren't designed to be edited, it's a good idea to convert your troublesome PDF into something more edit-friendly.
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That's where PDF to Word comes in. It's a free online tool that converts your PDFs into Microsoft Word files. You can then open and edit them with a recent copy of Microsoft Word, which you'll almost certainly have on your business computers.
If your PDF has a complicated layout, lots of graphics or unusual fonts then PDF to Word isn't always able to convert perfectly. But it does a really good job most of the time, leaving you with a nice Word file that's easy to make changes to.
How to use PDF to Word
Here's how to convert your PDF into an editable Word document:
- Make sure your PDF file is saved somewhere you can find it, like on your desktop
- Go to the PDF to Word website
- Click the Choose File button
- In the box that appears, find and double-click the PDF file
- Type your email address into the Your email address field
- Fill in the awkward CAPTCHA (the distorted letters and numbers) to prove you're human
- Click Convert to Word
Your PDF file will be uploaded to the service, and after a minute or two you'll receive a Word document in your email. When you open it, it'll be the same as your PDF, but in fully editable form.