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How to edit a scanned PDF in Acrobat 9

Learn how to edit a scanned PDF file using the OCR to PDF and Text Touch Up tool in Acrobat 9.

By Janet Frick – July 6, 2010


Have you ever wondered how to edit text in a scanned PDF file when the original file is not available? With Acrobat 9, you can use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to convert to PDF a scanned document into a searchable, editable, high-resolution PDF file. Then, you can use the Touch-up tool to edit your OCR PDF file.

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Lori Kassuba

10, 2015-06-30 30, 2015

Hi Gary,

You might try the suggestions in this tutorial when you see this error:



11, 2015-06-24 24, 2015

Get error message using touch up tool; “Accumulated text within the attempted selection area is rotated other than horizontal or vertical.  Touch up cannot create a text selection?

How do I correct this?

Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-10-17 17, 2014

Hi Don Childress,

Do you have the original files from which the PDF documents were created? Both Acrobat 9 or XI can create a PDF from any application that can print.


Don Childress

12, 2014-10-10 10, 2014

I have a customer that will not accept scaned PDF documents. They
want the original PDF. I have many files that were scanned from our smart copier into PDf. Can Acrobat 9 or X1 convert these files into
an original PDF that my customer will accept?

Lori Kassuba

6, 2014-07-01 01, 2014

Hi Marianne,

To edit the text on a scanned PDF, you’ll first need to run the Text Recognition process using the Clearscan option.



2, 2014-06-27 27, 2014

How do I edit a single page in a scanned PDF file?

Lori Kassuba

2, 2013-05-06 06, 2013


Thanks for letting us know about the display problem.



2, 2013-04-27 27, 2013

Half of the video is covered by the side panel. Please fix

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