While PDF documents are a brilliant type of file as they allow you to save a file as like-for-like (including images, graphics and even hyperlink web site addresses) they can be a bit of a paint to edit. For more information on PDF files, please see our article ‘What is a PDF Document?’
Opening up and reading a PDF file is one thing, editing is quite another as unfortunately most pre-installed PDF readers will only allow you to carry out basic alterations. However if you need to edit PDF files often you could consider investing in a more professional PDF reader such as Adobe Adobe Acrobat Read and Acrobat Pro, which allows you to get very creative with your PDF files.
Why Would you Want to Edit a PDF Document on Mac?
There are endless reasons why you may wish to edit a PDF document on your Mac. PDF files maybe contracts and therefore you may wish to admen some of the clauses and even upload your virtual signature. PDF files are a great way to save and send eBooks, perhaps someone has started typing the a new glob trotting trilogy and would like your opinion. You could edit the PDF and add suggestions in bubbles and highlight mistakes with arrows.
Using Preview to Edit PDF Documents on Mac
If you are lucky enough to own a luxurious Apple Mac computer then the handy Preview app can hopefully satisfy your PDF editing needs. With Mac Preview you can annotate a file by adding an array of symbols such as arrows, thought and speech bubbles and even the all important text boxes. It also allows you to add bookmarks, strike through dodgy text and underline key phrases.
Mac preview is ideal if ever a friend or college sends over a PDF document they are in the middle of creating, hoping for some of your wisdom and constructive guidance to be showered on it. Perhaps they are writing an Word document. They could simply save their draft as an PDF and send it over to you via email. Then you could proceed to open up the PDF in Preview, annotate it with helpful comments and opinions and then attach the amended copy to an email and send it back over at the touch of a button.
Who knew PDF’s could be so versatile and useful?!
Tip: While there are some really great ways to edit an PDF document, if Mac Previews editing options are enough for your needs, then resist the urge to splash the cash buying an expensive pro PDF editor.
How to Add text to PDF on Mac
1.) Open your Preview app. Usually you can do this instantly by simply clicking open the PDF document you wish to edit.
If however that does not work, then open up your Mac Preview app by clicking on the related icon from either your Mac dock (if it is in there) or your Launchpad. You will then need to open up the PDF file you wish to edit by sleeting File>Open>’file name’ from the Preview toolbar.
2.) At the centre top of the Preview window you will notice three buttons. To bring up the PDF editing options please select the third button, which looks a little pen and paper.
3.) You will then be presented with several editing options. Click through them to get an idea of the tool and features available.
4.) If you wish to put text on a PDF then click on the icon displaying ‘Aa’. Then click on your PDF document in the spot you wish to write. A text box will appear allowing you to type away.
Tip: You can change the size, position and style of your font if you fancy getting a little creative.
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