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How To Edit A PDF For Free

Editing PDFs is quite easy once you have the right tools to hand. Creating PDFs for free is simple and easy. You don’t need specialist software to transform a document into a PDF. Editing existing PDFs for free is quite a different story.

Adobe Acrobat is quite a big name in the PDF world, but it comes with a price tag that places well out of the reach of most people. The notion of paying at least $13.99/£13.16 per month for the Standard edition is enough to put most people off, so it’s little wonder people go off in search of a free PDF editor.

 Sejda PDF is one of the best, and we’re going to show you just what it can do.

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 1. Get the software

There are two versions of Sejda PDF – the first one is a cloud-based, online version and the second one is a downloadable, installable version. Both the offline and online version can be used free of charge, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. If you deal with the free version of the tool, you can only perform these tasks per day:

  • files cannot be larger than 50Mb or 200 pages
  • and images can be no larger than 5Mb.

Additionally, when you are dealing with combining files, you have a limit of up to 30 files and 50 pages, and file conversion must be carried out on a one-by-one basis rather than in batches.

Now take a look at the desktop version of Sejda PDF which you can download from the online version is nearly identical, but you have the added hassle of having to upload files in order to work on them. The software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux so you can use it easily no matter which operating system you prefer.

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3. Delete and add pages in PDF

Once it is downloaded and installed, fire up Sejda PDF Desktop and click the ‘Choose PDF file’ button. Select the PDF whatever you want, and it will be loaded into the program ready for editing. The most common and basic things you can do to start with are deleting pages you don’t need and inserting new blank pages that you can add content to. As you scroll through the PDF you have loaded, you will see an icon to the right of each page; clicking this will delete the page.

Adding new pages is quite simple and easy. Between the pages, you will see a button labeled ‘Insert page here’. Click this, and a new, blank page will be created. And then you can use Sejda PDF‘s various tools to add text, image and more. The same tools that you can use to add content to existing pages of the PDF.

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3. Edit or add text in PDF

At the top of the program window, there is a toolbar which contains various other tools for editing PDFs. After clicking the Text button, you can add new text boxes, or even edit existing text. You will create a new text field after clicking the random part of the page. A field floating toolbar lets you change font style, size, color and so on.

 You can also delete or change it after clicking on existing text. Hover your mouse over a piece of text make sure that the blue dotted outline is visible before you click. You can also edit or delete the text as required, or with the help of floating toolbar change the appearance of the text.

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4. Insert images, annotations and more

You can also add clickable links, forms, images, and shapes to your PDF. If you want to hide a section of the document, you can use the Whiteout option. This is a simple and easy tool that lets you draw a solid white rectangle over images or text to obscure them. It can also provide Annotate option to draw freehand on the page, highlight sections, strike through the text and much more.

5. Find and replace text in PDF


There is a handy Find & Replace option under the More menu in the main toolbar. This enables you to search for words or phrases easily within a PDF and replace them with something else – so if a word has been consistently misspelled, you can easily replace it with the correct spelling. The More menu, as the Edit menu, is also home to the Undo option. This not only lets you undo the last action you performed but also enables you to undo any of the edits you have made – and in any order! Just select the changes in a single click you want to undo and click the “Revert selected” button.

After finishing with your editing, click the Save button at the bottom of the screen, choose a name and save location, and click to save. The file will automatically be saved as a new document, leaving the original intact.

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