How to Edit PDF Text in Adobe Acrobat?

Kathy Price
Aug 30, 2022

Have you ever received or created a PDF file, only to find that there is an obvious error on it and must be rectified? Or does it happen to you that in order to make the PDF more informative, you want to add some text on it. However, PDF file is a finished document that you are not allowed to edit the text any more. To edit PDF text, you have to ask third-party software for help.

Adobe Acrobat provides users with the necessary tools, named Touchup Text Tool, to edit text in a PDF file. Using this tool, you can add, delete, correct PDF text, and even change the font size and font color for the text. The editing ability from Adobe Acrobat is efficient as long as your PDF file is not secured to prevent such alternations.

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Details for Editing Text in Adobe Acrobat Touchup Text Tool

Step 1. Launch Adobe Acrobat on your computer, click "File" > "Open" to open the PDF file that you want to edit the text with Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2. Click the drop-down menu of "Document" and choose "Recognize Text Using OCR" on the option of "OCR Text Recognition". This will bring out a new window asking you to confirm which PDF page you need to do the text editing task. You can choose Current Page or From Page options.

Step 3. Click the drop-down menu of "Tools" after you finish the text recognition process. Press the "Advanced Editing" button and choose the "Touchup Text Tool". Using the cursor to highlight the word or words that you wan to edit.

Step 4. To correct text or add text on PDF, you just need to type the corrected or additional text directly into the document; to delete the highlighted text, you should press the "Delete" key simply. You can even set font and size for text from any font installed on your computer, and change color for text in the color box.

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