How to Edit a PDF on Mac for Free

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of editing a PDF on your Mac for free. With the right tools and techniques, you can make changes to your PDF files without any hassle. Follow the steps below to get started:

Step 1: Find a Reliable PDF Editor

The first step is to find a reliable PDF editor that is compatible with your Mac operating system. There are several options available, but we recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. It is a free software that allows you to view, edit, and sign PDF documents.

Here’s how to download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC:

  1. Open your web browser and go to the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC download page.
  2. Click on the “Download now” button.
  3. Once the download is complete, open the installer file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on your Mac.

Step 2: Open Your PDF File

After installing Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, launch the application by searching for it in your Applications folder or clicking on its icon in the Dock. Once opened, click on “File” in the menu bar and select “Open” to browse for your PDF file.

Note: If you already have a PDF file open in another application (e.g., Preview), you may need to close it before opening it in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Step 3: Edit Text and Images

Once your PDF file is open in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, you can start making edits. To edit text:

  1. Select the “Edit PDF” tool from the right-hand panel. It resembles a pencil.
  2. Click on the text you want to edit, and a cursor will appear.

    Make your changes using your keyboard.

  3. To edit images, select the “Edit PDF” tool and click on the image you want to modify. You can resize, move, or replace the image as needed.

Note: Remember to save your changes frequently by clicking on “File” in the menu bar and selecting “Save” or using the shortcut Command + S.

Step 4: Add Annotations and Comments

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC also allows you to add annotations and comments to your PDF files. To do this:

  1. Select the “Comment” tool from the right-hand panel. It looks like a speech bubble.
  2. Choose from various annotation options such as highlighting, underlining, or adding sticky notes.
  3. Click on the area of your PDF where you want to add an annotation or comment and start typing.

Step 5: Save and Export Your Edited PDF

Once you have finished editing your PDF file, it’s time to save and export it. To save your changes:

  1. Click on “File” in the menu bar and select “Save” or use the shortcut Command + S.

If you want to export your edited PDF as a different file format (e., Word document), follow these steps:

  1. Click on “File” in the menu bar and select “Export To.”
  2. Choose your desired file format (e., Microsoft Word) from the options.
  3. Specify the location where you want to save the exported file and click “Save.”

Note: Keep in mind that exporting your PDF to another file format may result in some formatting changes.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to edit a PDF on Mac for free using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Remember to save your changes frequently while editing and consider exporting your edited PDF if needed. Now you can make all the necessary modifications to your PDF files without any expensive software or complicated processes.

Feel free to explore other features of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, such as adding signatures, filling out forms, or merging multiple PDFs. The possibilities are endless!

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