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How to Make a PDF Editable

by Hung Nguyen

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Instantly convert PDF into an editable format or edit the file as it is, with Smallpdf.

One cannot just open and edit a PDF file, as it shouldn't be. The format was created back in the '90s to realize the dream of a paperless office. However, this is not to say that this cannot be done, for free.

Smallpdf possesses the largest selection of online PDF for you to convert, compress, edit and of course, also transform PDF documents into an editable format. With 18 million monthly users and 18 useful tools, we've got all that you need to answer the question - how to make a PDF editable?

Here's our guide on how to efficiently transform PDFs into various formats that you can add text, draw or insert objects for free, online or offline.

How to Make a PDF Editable


The simplest way to turn scanned paper documents, stored in PDF format is by converting it to an editable format, which can be done using the Smallpdf PDF Converter. With this, you can transform your files into Word, PPT or Excel. Whatever you need to ensure ease of editing for your document. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. Access our PDF converter.

  2. Choose the format in which you'd like to save the document to, i.e., Word if you wish to convert PDF to editable Word.

  3. Allows Smallpdf to work our magic and download the file, or export it to Google Drive and Dropbox.

  4. Pro Tip: You can also carry on working with other tools, including various functionalities to split, merge and esign your PDF files. Just click on the tools you wish to use on the bottom left-hand corner to continue.

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Convert PDF to editable Word with Smallpdf

Why Make a PDF Editable?


There are many instances in which you may need a PDF file in an editable format. You may want to create fillable PDF forms for clients to fill out, add text or signatures onto the form fields yourself. These examples are pretty prevalent cases of when you scan a document and wish to enhance it digitally.

As we move further into the space of digital document handling and everything migrating on the cloud, the process to make a PDF editable should be made as simple as possible, in this day and age.

What Else Can I Do with Smallpdf?


As one converts PDF files to prepare forms, archive documents or merely share and collaborate on content digitally, the demand for a versatile set of PDF tools may arise. Afraid not, as we've got over a dozen other free PDF software to help you manage your PDF files.

eSign & Edit

If you do not want to make a PDF editable, why not annotate on it directly, via the Edit tool. You can add text, insert images as well as creating various shapes. Furthermore, you can even draw freely with this online tool.

The eSign tool, on the other hand, is useful for creating and placing electronic signatures. As they are under one suite of PDF tools, you can also write on your PDF files as you'd like. It's also recommended to sign PDFs using an electronic signing tool. Rather than to create editable PDF in Microsoft Word and inserting separate signature files.

New feature alert: The Smallpdf Team has been extremely hard at work to make the method of editing PDF easy. As such, we can now send and request electronic signatures from our platform! Check it out via our eSign page.

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For example: edit a PDF with Smallpdf


How to make a PDF editable is one question, how to reduce its size is a whole another task. Lucky, as our name suggests, this task can also be done via the Smallpdf compress tool. Same process as you would go through to make a PDF editable, same platform, just a different functionality.

Split, Merge & Delete Pages

As you convert large documents to make PDF editable, there may be a time when you wish to remove unused pages, cut them into smaller files or even want to put them together. These three tools are what you need to do just these.


Make PDF editable a simple task with Smallpdf

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Content Marketing Manager