Editing Text in PDF Documents

The PDF format supports two types of text objects: simple text objects and formatted text objects. For the latter one, please refer to this section.

Inserting text to the PDF document

To insert a text object to the page, click the Insert Text  button on the toolbar or use the Insert > Text menu or press Ctrl+T, then click a place on the page where you want this text object to be and type the text. Click anywhere outside the edit box or press Esc to finish editing.

Editing text

To edit a text in the PDF document, select the text object using the Edit Document  tool or the Edit Text  tool. Then double-click the text object you want to modify.

Changing styles of the text

You can change the font name, font size, color and style of the text in the Object Inspector panel. Bring up the Object Inspector by clicking its button on the right side panel or by pressing Ctrl+F11.

Open the Font section:

Here you can select font size and family, specify font type and color, and adjust character and word spacing and line height.

Moving and resizing the text

Just like any other PDF object, a text object can be resized and moved to another place. You can read how to move and resize objects in this section.

Rotating the text

You have two ways to rotate a text:

Aligning the text object on the page

You can align a text object using the Align command on the toolbar or in the Edit menu. Please read more about aligning objects in this section.

NOTE: Do not confuse aligning a text object on the page with aligning text within a formatted text object.

Copying and pasting text

Copying from

If you want to copy text from some text objects to paste it to another application or another object, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Select Text  tool on the toolbar or in the Tools menu (Alt+7). The mouse cursor will change to a crosshair.
  2. Hold the mouse button and drag the selection rectangle over the text you want to select
  3. Right-click and select Copy in the context menu or press Ctrl+C.
  4. Then, you can paste this text wherever you want.

NOTE: This will only copy text, not the text objects themselves. Copying and pasting objects is described here.

Pasting to

If you want to paste a text copied from another source to a PDF page, you should insert a text object or a formatted text object in the document and then paste the text from the clipboard to the edit box.

Here, we paste the previously copied text to a new PDF document.

More like this:

Editing Objects in the PDF Document

Editing Formatted Text

Transfomation Matrix

Possible Issues with Text