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How to Write on a PDF Document

by Hung Nguyen

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When you need to be able to write on or type on a PDF online, on desktop, or even on mobile, Smallpdf has got you covered.

If you need to know how to write or type on a PDF on Mac, we’ll show you how. How to type on a pdf on Chromebook? How to type on a pdf on your iPhone? Windows 10? No problem. 😊 There are two solutions, and we’ll talk you through both. Our first how-to breaks down the easiest way to type or write on PDFs, while the second one covers a more in-depth solution.

How to Write on a PDF

  1. Open our PDF editor.

  2. Upload your PDF file.

  3. Choose if you want to type, highlight, add images or draw.

  4. Save and download your file.

  5. Job done!


How to write on a PDF with the Smallpdf Edit tool.

How to Make Changes to a PDF


Alternatively, you might find you need to do more editing to the document first before you can fill it out or type on it. Maybe you need to re-order sections of it or add material to it. In order to make those changes, use an easy workflow with our PDF converters.

  1. Upload your PDF into a Smallpdf converter for Word, PPT, Excel, and so on. Whatever file format you need, use that converter.
  2. Convert your PDF to that file format.
  3. Download your new ex-PDF file in the new format.
  4. Open your ex-PDF file in Word, PPT, Excel.
  5. Then make your edits and save.
  6. Use the reverse-converter to convert the Word, PPT, or Excel file back to PDF.
  7. Receive a freshly edited PDF at the end!

How to Type on a PDF


There are plenty of times you might find yourself in need of our Edit Tool. You could be filling in a form on a PDF and want a pdf-filler or maybe you need to type on a PDF to share notes with a student or colleague. Most of the time, when we need a tool in a pinch, it’s to fill in PDF forms that are due soon. It’s easy to share or show friends, colleagues and relatives how to fill out PDF forms as well as do it yourself using our tool. It’s simple and intuitive.

At the same time, using the longer process can give you more options in terms of changes and edits if you need to make big changes. You’ll have a broader range of tools to edit text, adjust font size, and add or remove text or images from your written documents.

With the myriad of document types being saved in PDF, such as PDF forms, contracts, and written school assignments, you should opt for the option that best serves your needs. But whichever method you choose, you can use one of our conversion tools to convert Word, Excel, PPT, and other file types to the PDF (Portable Document Format).

Can I Use Smallpdf For Work?


Of course! We now have north of 40 million monthly users who think we have the best PDF editor. Furthermore, after counting, over 100,000 organizations, including small businesses and large enterprises adopt our converters and editors to do their daily work with the PDF format. All files are deleted after one hour of processing, and we use secure SSL encryption to ensure the highest level of security when it comes to handling your documents. We guarantee that they are safe in our hands.

Our Editing Software is Free


Not only are we free, but we’ve also got the most comprehensive set of converters for you to write on PDFs, edit, sign, merge and convert PDFs. Free downloads are available for every.single.tool. Our job, after all, is making PDF easy. Check out all 20 tools via our homepage.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf