Best Tools for Editing PDF Files

PDF is a fairly popular file type having support in almost all the major file managers and browsers. You must come across tons of PDFs while working. While these files are undoubtedly great in terms of convenience and the ease it offers to the users, making changes to a PDF file can be a bit tricky. The PDF files are designed to be in a read-only format; if you want to make changes to the PDF file, you will need a tool to extract the information contained in the file. Here are some of the best tools for editing PDFs.



SmallPDF is an excellent web-based tool for editing PDFs on the go. The free version will be good enough for you, but if you need rigorous PDF editing regularly, you may opt for the premium subscription. SmallPDF lets you do a ton of things with your PDF files including splitting, merging, deleting, as well as compression of the files. You can use the editor to add or remove text, icons, images, and shapes. The best thing is you don’t have to install any tool to do so; this is a completely web-based tool. You will be required to upload the files from your device storage or Google Drive, and after the files are edited, you can download them.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro is the industry leader when it comes to editing PDF files. If your work involves rigorous PDF editing as part of your routine job or studies, it can make sense to use a paid PDF editing software. Acrobat Pro should be your first choice in that case. It comes with tons of features which other PDF editors don’t have like editing text and images in PDF files, convert scanned files into PDFs, compare two PDF files for differences, and even validate the PDF file for ISO certification. A subscription to the Adobe Acrobat Pro will cost you $14.99 a month.


This is also a completely web-based PDF editing tool that provides a great deal of convenience for editing PDFs. It may not be as advanced as the paid PDF editing software tools, but it is good enough for regular users with light PDF editing needs. The tool is capable of extracting text and images from the PDF file which you can edit on the website. You can add or remove texts, shapes, icons, e.t.c Just like SmallPDF, you will need to upload the PDF file to be edited in their website, and when you are done editing the file, it can be downloaded to your device. The PDF editor is just part of the whole suite of PDF editing tools that ILovePDF provides.


Sejda is available as a desktop app as well as a web-based tool for editing PDF files. The PDF editor comes packed with a built-in optical character recognition tool that offers a high level of accuracy in extracting texts from PDF files. You have all the basic functionality is like splitting a PDF file into multiple files, merging multiple PDF files into a single one, compressing PDF files to reduce their sizes, and adding and removing pages from the PDF file. Sejda is a free tool, but it does have some limitations, the file size it supports is limited to 50MB (200 pages), and you can only use the editor for editing three files a day. The annual paid subscription can be bought to remove all these restrictions, which will cost you $63 per year.

MS Word

As exciting as it sounds, editing PDF files in Microsoft Word has its limitations. To start with curly to open the PDF file in the MS Word application, it will open the file, not in the PDF format but an editable Word document. After making the necessary changes to the PDF file, you can choose to save the file as PDF. MS Word is not designed specifically for editing PDFs, and hence it often fails to recognize text properly and differentiate between line breaks and page splits. However, it is worth giving a try because if your PDF is editable in MS Word, you will not need to go looking around for any other tools.

Editing PDF can be a bit challenging, but the tools mentioned in this list make it easy. Go ahead and check these tools out. You may want to check each of the tools out and see which one works the best for you. Each tool has its limitations and advantages; however, these certainly are some of the best PDF editing tools out there.

Robert Hunt is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at


Published by Alessia Martine

Alessia Martine is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet, and new media.

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