How to edit text in a PDF file using Acrobat XI

Learn how to edit PDF files using the intuitive point-and-click functionality in Acrobat XI.

By October 2, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to edit PDF files using the new intuitive point-and-click functionality in Acrobat XI. The new PDF editing features make it easy to edit a PDF file when you don't have the original files. Edit text, rearrange paragraphs, crop visuals, and do it all using new streamlined editing tools.

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How to edit text in a PDF file using Acrobat XI

Donna BakerOctober 2, 2012

How can I edit or change the text in my PDF file?

Just follow these 6 simple steps to edit text in your

PDF file using Acrobat XI Std. or Pro.

  1. Use the Edit Text & Images tool to edit and configure text.
    open Content Editing
    click Edit Text & Images
    Each text object shows an outline
    click to select a text item...
    ...and the Format tools activate
    open the Content pane...
    ...to find the text block shown as a list item
  2. Change the contents in a text box.
    select the text to delete
    press DELETE
    press ENTER to space the text
  3. Add new text on a page.
    click Add Text
    click the page
    drag to draw a text box
    type the new text...
    ...or paste it from the clipboard
  4. Change the appearance of text.
    select the text with the Edit Text & Images tool
    click the Font drop-down arrow
    select the new font
    drag to select text to modify
    click Underline
    click the frame
    adjust the final position
    check for typos!
    select text to modify
    click the Color Swatch
    pick a new color
    click Horizontal Scaling..
    ...select a value...
    ...to increase the character width
    ...select a value...
    click Character Spacing...
    ...to increase the space between characters
    click Line Spacing...
    ...select a value...
    ...to increase space between lines
  5. Adjust the location and layout of text on a page.
    click the edge of the text box to change paragraph alignment...
    ...drag the text box wider
    click Center
    the text centers within the text box
    don’t select the separate list number text boxes
    select the text boxes and press DELETE
    move the text
    select and delete the extra list number
    select and delete the extra list number
  6. Make changes using the Find & Replace feature.
    press CTRL+F (Windows) or COMMAND + F (Mac)
    type the text you want to find
    the Find pop-up opens
    type the replacement text
    click Next
    click Replace
    the first instance of the term highlights
    click Next
    replaced text
    the next instance highlights
    continue the process
    click OK to finish

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Acrobat XI

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