Can PDF Files be Edited?

When looking at different PDF related questions online, finding out whether or not PDF files are editable is one of the most popular queries.

That’s what we’re going to talk about today – and we’re going to make it easy for you to found out can PDF files be edited and if they can, how can they be edited.

Keep reading to find out our step-by-step guide to understanding PDF editing.

Can PDF Files be Edited Online and Offline?

PDF files are entirely editable – it just all depends on the application you are using and what you want to edit.

PDF files were designed to not be readily edited by anyone who views them. That’s because features in the text like the font and typography are locked in place, making them safe from being copied or edited. Most of the time, this is a really handy feature!

However, there are times when we want to make changes and this isn’t always the easiest – unless you know how.

You can edit your PDF files either online or offline. Online PDF editing tools are usually pretty handy because it means that you can edit your PDF files straight from your web browser.

Offline PDF editing is also really useful because you no longer have to rely on an internet connection to make the changes you want to make.

PDF Online PDF Editing

Nowadays, we are incredibly spoiled with the number of online PDF editing tools. Not only do we have our pick of tools, most of them are free and entirely safe to use!

This means that once we have an internet connection, we can make all of the edits to PDF documents that you want.

If you want to edit the text in a PDF document online, using a free converter, the best way to do this is to convert your PDF document back to Microsoft Word documents and edit the text straight away and then convert it back to whatever format you need.

A simple Google search will tell you just how many PDF editing tools you have to choose from!

Even our own PDF editing tool, Tweak PDF Manager, offers you seven different features. You can merge, split, compress, convert, rotate and add page numbers and watermarks for free and within seconds.

Offline PDF Editing

If you want to use an offline PDF editing tool that is not at all reliant on an internet connection, then Adobe Acrobat might be for you.

The main drawback of this feature is that it requires a paid subscription. However, you can edit PDF files pretty easily, with certain features that online tools will struggle to provide – for example, PDF electronic and digital signing.

There are some available free PDF editing tools that you can download onto your desktop. There is always a danger with these, that if you don’t read the privacy statement yourself, you might not know for sure if you are downloading any malware into your computer.


All in all, PDF files are editable and there are a few different ways of editing them. Once you’ve decided between online and offline PDF editing, then you can select a program whose security settings you agree with – and you’re good to go!

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