How to write and type on a PDF using a PC.

A woman sitting at a desk writes and types on a PDF using her PC.

Learn how to edit and create text in a PDF right from your PC.

PDFs make it easy to view documents on almost any device, but editing isn’t always as straightforward. If you want to write on a PDF file from your PC, here’s the easiest way to do it.

Edit existing text in a PDF using a PC.

You may need to redo text in a PDF for a variety of reasons. Maybe a co-worker requested a small adjustment made after it was already sent to final revisions. Or perhaps you realized you forgot to include an important clause in a business agreement. With the file no longer being a Word document, the process may not seem as simple. If you need to make adjustments to text in a PDF using your PC, you can do it in minutes with the Acrobat tool.

Adobe Acrobat PDF editing software has all the tools you need to readjust text and make other document changes easily. If you need to change some information, you can edit existing PDF text from your PC in three simple steps.

  1. Open the file in a PDF editor like Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Click the Edit PDF tool in the upper-right corner.
  3. Choose the text you want to edit and start writing.

For people who don’t want to download a PDF editor, you can also write in PDFs from your web browser with Adobe Acrobat online services. Simply upload your PDF to the online editor, make your changes, and download the updated PDF to your PC — no software downloads required.

Add new text to a PDF using a PC.

PDFs may not be the most simple format to add to, but creativity will strike when you least expect it. Occasionally, this will happen after your easily editable document has been saved as a PDF. Maybe you came up with an even better closing line for your latest eBook. You can easily end your book on the best note using the Adobe Acrobat PDF editor to include the additional text you need. Sometimes, it takes more than a few edits to get your PDF exactly right. Even if your document is not in an easily editable format, Acrobat can help transform your PDF to be editable again.

Writing new text on a PDF file is a bit different than editing existing text, but it’s still easy with Acrobat — just follow the steps below.

  1. Open your file in the Acrobat PDF Editor.
  2. Select Fill & Sign on the right side of the screen.
  3. Choose the Add Text tool, which looks like an upper-case “A” next to a lower-case “b.”
  4. Click anywhere in the PDF where you’d like to add text and start typing.

Once you have your additions, you can resize and edit the text blocks to make them fit the PDF. Then, hit the Save button to permanently add your text to the PDF.

Why add or edit text in a PDF?

There are many reasons that you may need to add or edit text in a PDF. A PDF without the proper software prohibits adding or editing text. Typically when a document is saved as a PDF, there are no intentions of making edits, and it is in its final form. But we all make mistakes, and sometimes we may catch one in the document after it has already been saved as a PDF. After reading a PDF a few times, you may have some new ideas you want to add to your piece, so using Adobe Acrobat can come in handy.

Explore more about how Acrobat and Acrobat online services can make it easy to edit and add text to PDFs right from your PC.