If you’re familiar with computers, and let’s face it, in 2021, who isn’t? You will no doubt be aware of PDFs.

Invented by Adobe, back in the 1990s, the Portable Document Format was created in order to allow people to share documents across a wide range of different platforms. In the early stages of its development, PDF wasn’t really that popular, though in the 2000s that began to change. As technology advanced, so too did PDF and nowadays PDFs are proving to be hugely popular and hugely efficient.

With PDF software providers such as SwifDoo PDF now such a prominent part of everyday business life, it’s easy to see why so many of our documents are delivered in PDF. One issue that PDF users without Adobe are having however, is wondering how to edit PDF documents without Adobe.

Here’s a look at how you can edit PDF documents without access to Adobe.

PDF Editors

One of the best things about SwifDoo PDF and other similar software is the fact that they serve as PDF editors.

A PDF editor such as SwifDoo PDF is ideal because you can edit the documents, save them on your device or to the cloud, and share the edited document with other people.

The exact editing process will vary depending on which editor you use, but generally, the process will look something like:

Step 1: Open the software and click Edit PDF or something similar.

Step 2: Now, upload the PDF that you wish to edit from your device.

Step 3: Once uploaded, you will now be able to edit PDF documents, so make use of the editing tools and format your document the way you want it formatting.

Step 4: Once you’re happy, click Apply Changes or something similar and if you’re happy, save it and you’re all set.

Google Docs

Needless to say, Google is a name we’re all familiar with and as a result, Google Docs is ideal in terms of how to edit PDF documents.

To edit a PDF via Google docs:

Step 1: Begin by logging into your Google drives account by logging into your Google account, and then click New located on the top left-hand corner of the page.

Step 2: Click File Upload and then select the PDF file that you wish to edit.

Step 3: Once uploaded, click on Recent to locate the PDF that you just uploaded. Right click on the PDF and then click on Open with followed by Google Docs.

Step 4: Now, a new and fully editable PDF document file will be created so you can now make the changes you require and save it when happy.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is always reliable and when it comes down to how to edit PDF documents, that’s no different.

Here’s how to edit PDF documents in Word:

Step 1: Begin by opening Word and then clicking on File;

Step 2: Next up, click the Open button and then select the PDF file which you want to open. Just be aware that you’ll get a message which says that Word will convert your PDF into an editable document and its contents into a format which Word can display. The original PDF won’t be changed, however;

Step 3: Now, click OK to edit PDF documents and make the changes you require, click File and then Save and be sure to save the document in PDF format.


Simpson is from London, he is a professional columnist for certain fields of software,E-Commerce content writing. At SwifDoo Software, Simpson’s articles are usually about PDF software.