How to write in a PDF document.

See how easy it is to add text, comments, and freehand drawings to your PDFs, plus learn about more tools for editing existing text.

The PDF is one of the most widely shared file types today, with documents floating virtually between individuals, students, business partners, and more. Sometimes you need a way to add text to a PDF you receive — whether that entails filling out a form or making notes for a student or colleague — so you can keep those workflows moving along. Let’s dive into the easiest method for writing in your PDF.

Simple steps for adding text and more to a PDF.

It’s easy to write in a PDF document when you use an online editor. With just a few clicks, you can add comments, text, and even freehand drawings or diagrams to further illustrate your notes. Here’s how:

  1. Upload your file to the PDF editor.
  2. Use the toolbar to add your text, comments, sticky notes, and drawings. You can also highlight, strikethrough or underline existing text.
  3. When finished, download your file or get a link to share.

If you’re on the go, you can also use a mobile app like Adobe Acrobat Reader to write on PDFs, then share them seamlessly with colleagues or classmates right from the palm of your hand.

How to edit text in a PDF.

It’s important to note that with most online editors, you can only add text. You cannot edit or modify the original text in the PDF. Advanced editing tools like those found in Adobe Acrobat DC are needed to edit text — such as fixing a typo, formatting text, or revising a section.

Explore everything you can do with Acrobat to keep edits easy and workflow moving.