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Can't edit PDF on Mac? Looking for a cost-efficient PDF Editor to edit PDF on Mac? Do you think that Adobe Acrobat DC or Adobe Acrobat X Pro for Mac are too expensive for users? Here is good news for you: you can save money to edit PDF on Mac vastly. So, how to edit a PDF on Mac? If you don't want to choose the expensive Adobe Acrobat software, you can choose a much more economic PDF editor - PDFelement for Mac to help you edit PDF on macOS Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, and Mojave with the same features.

How to Edit a PDF on a Mac

Below are a few short steps to help you edit PDF documents in macOS X Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite. Let's see how to edit PDF file on Mac with PDFelement for Mac.

Step 1. Open PDF Files

Open your PDF file with PDFelement for Mac is the first step. You can click on the "Open File" button on the Home window and select the PDF file you want to open, or drag and drop the PDF files on the Home window for opening PDF file.

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Step 2. Edit PDF Text on Mac

After the file is opened in the program, you can click the "Edit" button in the toolbar and you will enter into editing mode. If your PDF file is a scanned file or image-based file, then you need to use the OCR before editing it. Here are more details about how to edit scanned PDF on Mac.

  • To move PDF text: click the text where you want to move, the text block around it will be selected, then you can drag the text block to move to the position as you want.
  • To modify PDF text: double-click the text to put the cursor inside the text block, then you will be able to type, delete the text as you need.
  • To add PDF text: click the "Add Text" button in the toolbar, and click on any where you want to add on the page, a dotted text box will appear, then you can start to type new text to add.
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Step 3. Edit Images in a PDF File on Mac

Similar to edit PDF text, click the "Edit" button in the toolbar to make changes of the PDF images.

  • To insert images into a PDF file: click the "Add Image" button in the toolbar, a pop up window will appear, you can browse and select a local image from your Mac to insert.
  • To move images within a PDF file: after enable the editing mode, click on the image to drag it and move it to the position where you want.
  • To crop images: click the image to select it, and click the "Crop" on the right side panel. Drag the blue box around the image to select a portion of the image to crop.
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Step 4. Add Markups to PDF on Mac

When you need to annotate the PDF, the markup tools will be useful. Click on the "Comment" button on the menu bar. You'll then see all of the options on the below toolbar.

  • To highlight the PDF text: click on the "Highlight" icon, and then select the text content you want to highlight. You can change the highlight color on the right side menu.
  • To add sticky note: click on the "Sticky Note" button, and then click on the place where you want to place the sticky note.
  • To add other annotation element: you'll find other annotation tools on the menu bar, such as "Underline", "Pencil", "Shapes", "Stamp" and so on. Choose your desire one to add to the PDF document.
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Step 5. Redact PDF Content on Mac

When you need to protect sensitive contents in the PDF file from being seen, you can use the redact function in this case. Click on the "Redact" button on the "Protect" tab. Then select the content you want to protect. You'll see a black block appear on the text. You can change the color of the redaction since black is the default color.

If you want a whole page to be redacted, select the "Pages" tab on the right side menu. When you're done setting, click on the "Apply Redactions" button. The contents you select will now be block and no see will be able to see them once you save the file. Remember there is no undo of redaction, so be careful when you redact PDF content.

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Step 6. Edit PDF Text with a Word Processor in macOS X

Load a PDF file in this PDF Editor for Mac tool, click "Convert">"To Word" button in the toolbar; select a page range for conversion and whether to enable OCR function depends on whether your PDF file is the scanned or image-based PDF file. Then hit the "Convert" button, the conversion process will be completed in seconds, then you can open the converted word document to edit the content directly.

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If you're a Windows user, you can download PDFelement (Windows version) to edit PDF files on Windows PCs. The main interface of the Mac version of PDFelement is a little bit different from that of Windows PDF Editor. If necessary, read the guide to learn how to edit PDF in Windows.

Edit PDF Files on Mac

You can edit PDF with PDFelement for Mac easily with its user-friendly menu and smooth edit experience. Edit PDF with text, images, links, free-hand drawing, comment, bookmark, watermark etc is easy and convenient. Also you can easily add, delete or edit the text of PDF document by just one click. You can easily change its font, color and size with the powerful edit feature. More over, you can add images to the PDF, and then rotate, resize or delete it if you like. When you need to edit the pages, it allows you to extract, insert, split, replace, rotate and delete the pages of the PDF document. PDFelement for Mac can also convert files in most of the popular formats into PDF. And it is fully compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra and the former systems.

PDFelement is the most economical and the most efficient alternative for Adobe® Acrobat® DC and Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro for Mac. It is an innovative PDF editor for Mac which can help you edit PDF files directly or if you like, also can let you edit PDF content in a Word processor by converting PDF to Word. It's an all in one PDF solution for your daily work and business work. With user-friendly interface and powerful functions like edit PDF, convert PDF, create PDF watermark and protect PDF, it'll meet all of your requirements if you need to deal with PDF files or PDF related work. Most of all, compare to Adobe Acrobat DC, it's more cost-effective since it only cost $59.95 for Standard version and $99.95 for Professional version. Click here to check the difference between Standard and Professional version.

However, Adobe® Acrobat® XI has ended support on October 15, 2017, which means there is no security updates, product updates, and customer support any more. And that'll cause the fact that your PDF file and data might be insecure due to lack of latest protection. In this case, you can check here to choose the best alternatives to Adobe® Acrobat®.

What's more, PDFelement for Mac is a one-in-all PDF program which let you edit, create, convert, annotate, highlight PDFs and create PDF forms etc. Download the free trial version to try and feel the product yourself! You can read this review on PDFelement to explore more features and get to know what it can do for you!

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How to Edit PDF Files in Mac with Preview

Preview is another option to edit normal PDF files on Mac. Here we'll also show you the steps of how you can make editions on PDF with Preview. However, if your PDF file is a scanned file or image-based PDF file, then Preview does not support to edit it.

Step 1. Edit PDF Text with Preview

Open PDF files in Preview, and then click on the "T" icon on the menu bar. A new text box with 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 and right click to copy them out.

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Step 2. Add Annotation to PDF with Preview

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 annotation. 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.

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