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How to Add PDF Metadata and Properties

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Picture this: a person from your team created a very good report that would be beneficial for many people. Your boss asks you to make it more "visible" to search engines - to do so, you know you need to fill in as much of background information, i.e. metadata, to the file. The problem is that the person who created it is no longer working in the team and you do not have the source file. Furthermore, the document is secured so that no changes can be easily made to the document.

What should you do? Well, with the right PDF editing tool, you will be able to bypass the security settings and edit the PDF properties.

Part 1Best Tool for Adding PDF Metadata

pdf metadata

Look no further than Wondershare PDFelement ( Wondershare PDFelement for Mac ), a powerful PDF editing tool that is great for people who wishes to produce professional-looking PDF documents. It is simply the best because it is straightforward, cheap and reliable when performing its main functions:

  • Open, save, print and make notes on a PDF document.
  • Insert, remove, rearrange and rotate a graphical element inside a PDF document.
  • Add a password to secure a PDF file.
  • Convert a PDF document into any format: Microsoft Office, rich text file, image etc.
  • Create and fill a PDF form.
  • Add page numbers, bates numbers, headers and footers.
  • Approve and sign PDF documents digitally.
  • Make text in images searchable by using its OCR technology.


Part 2How to Add Metadata to PDF

Once you have that up and running on your computer, open the software to start filling out the metadata and properties fields on your PDF files. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to make your PDF files more complete.

Step 1. Open Your File

For Windows: Open the PDF document in PDFelement by clicking on the "Open File" button and choose the file you want to edit.

For Mac: Clicking the "Open File" button on the Home window and search for the PDF document.

Step 2. Add Metadata

For Windows: After uploading the PDF file on the software, you should click on the "Properties" button on the "File" tab, and you will be able to change all elements that has a pencil icon next to the editable fields of the document's Properties on the right-hand column.

For Mac: Once the PDF document is uploaded, you can open the "File" tab and click on "Properties" on the dropdown menu and start to add metadata.

Now that you know that you can easily add metadata to your PDF document, there is no reason for you to avoid it. It will be really beneficial if you are looking to get your document be read as many people as possible.

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Published: Jul 12,2016 9:45 am / Updated: Apr 07,2017 10:26 am

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