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Your landing on the page means you wish to learn more about how to edit PDF files with Google Docs. But it’s not possible to edit PDF files in Google Docs now and it’s exclusively designed for file sharing. Then you can turn to Google Drive for help and edit PDF files in Google Drive with the help of Google Docs. However, you can turn to Wondershare PDFelement to get professional tools to work on your PDF documents

Part 1How to Edit PDF with Google Docs Alternative

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Wondershare PDFelement is a comprehensive solution to PDF creation, editing, conversion, PDF form editing & filling. It is a desktop PDF editing tool. It has separated version for Windows PC and Mac respectively.

Key Features

  • User-friendly interface and light size.
  • OCR function turns the scanned PDF into editable and searchable.
  • Convert PDF from or to multiple file formats.
  • Support sharing with Google Drive and Evernote.

For Windows users, download Wondershare PDFelement Windows version. For Mac users, download Wondershare PDFelement Mac version for your iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. After the downloading, install it on your computer.

Step 1. Import PDF Files

Click on the program icon to activate PDFelement. Drag and drop the files you are going to edit into the program. Or click on "Open File" on the Home window.

Step 2. Move to the Edit Tab

  • Go to the "Edit" tab, here you can see the group of editing functions, such as "Add Text" , "Add Image" and more.
  • On Mac PDFelement, click the "Edit" button on the toolbar to unveil the hidden tools.

You can click on those buttons to make modification to your PDF files, including change the text, insert an image to the PDF pages and create a link to PDF pages.

Step 3. Add Annotation to PDF Files

Or you can move to the "Comment" tab if you want to make annotations to elaborate the PDF pages. Click on the "Comment" menu and select the tools you prefer to use. For example, you can add note or highlight the text to draw focus on the emphasized part.

For Mac users, you can find the annotation tools by clicking on the "Markup" button on the top toolbar.

Step 4. Edit PDF Pages

Wanna make the changes to PDF pages? Wondershare PDFelement can still serve as your best toolkit. Go to the "Page" tab, select the function you need. Several clicks, and all you have to do is wait for more seconds. Done!

To edit pages in a PDF on Mac, you can navigate to the right side "Page" menu and choose the option you need.

Part 2How to Edit PDF in Google Docs

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  • Go to Google Drive and log in with your account. Upload your files by clicking on the "Upload" icon.
  • Then right-click on the file you upload and select "Open with > Google Docs".
  • In the pop-up window, browse and select the target image and then click "Open" to import it.
  • Now, you can edit the words in the PDF file. Only that you are actually editing the words that are extracted from the PDF file.


  • Can't open the file with Google Docs sometimes.
  • You are not actually editing the PDF files in Google Docs. Just Google Docs recognizes the texts in your PDF files and copy them to its Google Docs so that you can edit the words.
  • The format or images of the PDF files are not retained.
  • There are more editing functions that are missing in Google Docs, like adding pages, deleting pages and more.
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Published: May 19,2015 17:35 pm / Updated: Jun 27,2017 10:34 am

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You must turn on the "Convert Uploaded files to Google Docs editor format" first. You missed the absolute most important step in your fake "tutorial" ! Your "tutorial" is utterly useless without the first step. Maybe this was on purpose, as you benefit from Drive/Docs being useless to people who visit this site. You must go to setting in Google Drive prior to uploading anything. Open Drive > Settings (Gear icon in top right corner) > Click Settings > Check the box next to "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format.". Now you can upload PDF files, right click on the file and select Open with Docs.
They missed the most important step when it comes to opening PDF files with Docs. Before you upload anything to Drive, you must open Drive, click Settings on the far right (little gear icon), then select Settings again. Now check the box next to "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format". Now when you right click on an uploaded PDF you will magically get an option to open in Docs.
Hello, how can my work team use this app to edit a pdf simultaneously in a way similar to google docs? Your description implies that this can be done, is it possible? and how do we do it?
Outstanding and gave me the answer I was looking for. Thank you!
Great Article. Thanks for the info, super helpful. Does anyone know where I can find a service that can edit and make a fillable PDF form?

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