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How to Edit PDF Text on Mac (Sierra Included)

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Portable Document Format is one of the document formats that are used by most academics and business if not most of the offices. With PDF document format you may want to add content to it or delete some texts. It is clear that not all document applications on your Mac will allow you to modify text on your PDF. So how to edit PDF text on Mac? Here's a solution.

Part 1Best PDF Text Editor for macOS (El Capitan and Sierra Compatible)

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Wondershare PDFelement for Mac is the easiest solution to PDF editing you will ever find.

  • Edit, add and delete text smotthly like what you did in Microsoft Word.
  • when entering new content, text and lines automaticlly match with original styles.
  • Make any change on your document without messing up original document formatting.
  • In addition to text, images and pages can be also easily edited with powerful tools.
  • Directly edit image PDF or scanned PDF with advanced multi-lingual OCR feature.

PDFelement is a complete PDF solution, which can also help you convert PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, EPUB, Pages, RTF, HTML, images, text and more, and create industry-standard PDFs from various source files. You can not only add password to protect PDFs from being viewed, copied, edited and printed, but also hide sensitive content with redaction tools.

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Part 2How to Edit Text in PDF on Mac (El Capitan and Sierra Included)

PDFelement for Mac is compatible with macOS X 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.12 (Sierra). Download and install this application to get started.

Step 1. Open PDF File on the Program

Once you have downloaded and installed PDFelement on your Mac. Launch it to add files to the program. Just click on the "Edit PDF" button, which is boldly indicated under the blue area. The very PDF file will then be opened on the program.

Alternatively you can add files to the program by clicking on "Open File" button on the Home window. The program will then direct you to you the finder where you will have to search and open the PDF file you want to edit.

Step 2. Start Editing Text in PDF

At the top tool bar, click the "Edit" button to enter editing mode. You can then click the text block to modify, insert or delete text. To easily and smoothly edit text, you can also choose between "Paragraph Mode" and "Line Mode". Then you can edit text in line or paragraph bounding box.

To add new text block, you can click "Edit > Add Text". Use your mouse to draw a text block anywhere on your document and then type in text inside it. To remove unwanted text, you can select the text and press the "Delete" key on your keyboard.

Step 3. Save PDF after Editing

To apply the changes made permanently, you need to save your work. Go to "File" and click on the "Save" option. You have now edited text on your PDF file.

Part 3How to Edit PDF with Preview on macOS

Preview is another solution to edit PDF text on Mac. Here we'll also show you how to make editions to text on PDF with Preview.

Step 1. Edit PDF Text with Preview

Open PDF files in Preview, and then click on the "T" icon on the menu tab. After a new text box appear in the PDF, you can put text on the box to add PDF text to the file. You can also go to "Tools" and click on "Text Selection". There you can select the text of the PDF and right click to copy them out.

Step 2. Add Annotation to PDF with Preview (Optional)

After editing PDF text, you can also insert annotations to PDF file for your own use. Click the "Note" icon on the menu bar. Then click on the location within the PDF where a note must appear. Here you can insert comments in the text box for annatation. You can also drag your mouse to create the required annotation.

Shapes and signature are also available on Preview. Click on "Tools" and then select "Annotate". There you can see all of the annotation tools on the menu. Choose the one you needed to put in the PDF document.

Part 4Why Choose PDFelement for Mac instead of Preview

Here is the comparison of PDFelement for Mac and Preview. You'll see the difference of the main features between this two products.

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Create PDF
Batch create PDF from documents, images and clipboard
Create PDF from documents, images and clipboard
Edit Text in PDF
Add, delete and modify text in PDF

Can only add text to PDF

Edit Images in PDF
Add, delete, rotate, crop, extract image in PDF
Edit Scanned PDF (OCR)
Support over 20 OCR languages. Make scanned PDF searchable and editable with OCR
Annotate PDF
Markup PDF with highlight, notes, shapes and hyperlinks

Highlight, comments and draw free-hand markups on PDF

Convert PDF
Batch convert PDF to Microsoft Office, Pages, RTF, Text, HTML, EPUB and images (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, JPG, BMP, GIF)

Can only convert PDF to JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Protect PDF with Password
Can not only protect unauthorized viewing by adding open password, but also protect unauthorized copying, editing and printing by adding permission password

Add open password to protect unauthorized viewing

Redact PDF
Permanently redact PDF to hide sensitive and confidential content in your PDF
Sign PDF
Electronically sign PDF documents without printing

Add e-sign to PDF files

Create PDF Forms
Create fillable PDF forms with text fields, buttons, check list and more
Fill PDF Forms
Fill in both interactive and non-interactive PDF forms

Fill out PDF Forms

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Published: Jul 15,2015 14:21 pm / Updated: Jun 15,2017 17:36 pm

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