How to erase words from a PDF document.

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Need to cut a few lines out of your document? Explore a few different ways to work with PDF files and eliminate unwanted text.

Not many documents make it through the final cut without a few edits. But if you already saved your document as a PDF, is there a way to remove specific words? Here are the most common ways to quickly fix your PDF and erase words.

Use a PDF editor to erase individual words.

For more precise text editing, the best way to erase individual words is with a PDF editing tool like Adobe Acrobat. When it’s time to make changes, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the PDF file you want to edit in Acrobat.
  2. Click on the Edit PDF tool on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Select a text block and make changes in the PDF or erase words using your keyboard.
  4. Erase entire text blocks by clicking Delete when the block is highlighted.
  5. Save any changes made to your PDF.

A PDF editor is the fastest way to erase words on a PDF document. You can make edits quickly and easily from nearly any device.

Erase words quickly by deleting entire pages of a PDF file.

If you have a multi-page PDF and want to quickly erase an entire passage of text, you can easily delete pages from a PDF with an online editing tool — no software download required. In your web browser, simply and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the delete PDF pages tool webpage.
  2. Upload the PDF you want to edit.
  3. Highlight the page thumbnails you want to delete.
  4. On the top toolbar, click the trashcan icon to delete selected pages.
  5. Click Save and rename your new document.
  6. Redownload the edited document.

With just a few clicks, you can quickly erase pesky pages from your PDF document — words and all. You can also rearrange pages in your document using the same method for even easier PDF editing.

Convert a PDF to an editable filetype.

If you don’t have an editor downloaded to your device, it’s not always easy to erase specific words from a PDF. However, you can likely erase words from another file type, like a Word document. It’s simple to convert PDF files to Word with an online converter:

  1. Go to the Acrobat PDF to Word converter page.
  2. Upload your PDF.
  3. Download the new Word file.

Once you have the Word document version of your PDF, you can erase words and make changes as necessary. When finished, simply save the document as a PDF, and you’re ready to share.

More resources for working with PDFs.

PDFs are designed to maintain their formatting, which is why it’s not always easy for a PDF to erase words. The best way to erase words from your PDF documents is with a PDF editor. You’ll get all the tools you need to edit your PDFs to perfection from nearly any device.

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