How to edit PDFs on a Mac.

Young professional writing on their laptop

Whether it’s for personal, business, or school-related documents, there’s an easy way to edit PDFs on a Mac and share them with your team.

Modern work may require you to be able to modify PDFs on a Mac. Working with a variety of documents – from detailed brochures to eye-catching posters – may require editing at various stages. Copy and imagery edits are not uncommon, so making them on any device, including a Mac, is essential.

With Adobe Acrobat online services, you can add those edits to the file to seamlessly communicate what needs to be added, deleted, or changed. The user-friendly commenting tools in Acrobat allow you to mark up and edit PDF documents for easier collaboration.

In this guide, you will learn:

How to edit PDFs on a Mac.

Open your web browser, go to Adobe Acrobat online services, and follow these steps to make edits or collaborate with peers:

  1. Click Select a file.
  2. Navigate to the file to choose, or drag and drop into the drop zone.
  3. After the file uploads, sign in to use the tools to add, highlight, draw and more.
  4. Go to the Share menu to share the document with others via email or a link.

    Image of the Adobe Acrobat online services PDF Online Editor function

What kind of edits can I make?

Adobe Acrobat online services are easy to use, offering tools to highlight, underline, strikethrough, or add text. Plus, you can add sticky notes or even draw in the PDF. Your team can see where to apply changes, ensuring your project runs smoothly. You can also edit, delete, and reply to other people’s comments.

Image of the Adobe Acrobat Edit function, including adding content, organising pages, and text and drawing tools.

You may need to edit PDFs at the structural level. Perhaps a client has asked to rearrange pages. You can organise your pages in the online editor this way: rotating, reordering, deleting, extracting, and inserting.

From the same interface, you can compress the file or convert it into a different format, such as a Microsoft Word document (in case you want to translate it, for example), PowerPoint, Excel or JPEG.

Laptop computer with blank white screen isolated on white background

The benefits of editing PDFs on a Mac.

How to edit PDFs on a Mac


How can I edit PDFs for free?

You can now annotate your file before sharing by adding text boxes and formatting text. The pencil tool allows you to insert sticky notes, shapes, or freehand drawings to illustrate your ideas further. After sharing, collaborators can add feedback with sticky notes, highlights, lines, and shapes. The typewriter tool also lets you add, underline, or strikethrough text. You can even make basic edits to PDFs in Preview.

Can I edit PDFs on my iPhone?

The free online PDF editor gives you access to PDFs from your web browser. It is also possible to access these tools from different operating systems, including Windows or Mac computers, iPhones with iOS, and other mobile devices.

What if I want to create my own PDF forms?

If you want a wider range of features to choose from, investing in Adobe Acrobat Pro offers complete control over PDF documents. You can create PDF forms and files, use the edit PDF functions to modify the formatting, and make room for signatures, all with intuitive tools.

Take a moment to explore everything you can do with Adobe Acrobat online services today.