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How to Edit PDFs Online for Free

Updated on March 1, 2013

PDF is a really great file format for downloading ebooks, brochures, booklets, user manuals - even music scores! But there is one problem with PDF documents. Unless you have the expensive Adobe Acrobat, they are read-only and impossible to edit. But sometimes you really need to edit PDF files, be it just adding your signature or filling in a PDF form. Wouldn't it be great if there was software that allowed you to do it for free? Well, such tool exists - it's called PDFescape.

How to Use PDFescape is a website that allows you to edit PDF files and create PDF forms without having to install a single piece of software onto your computer. In fact, you don't even need to register unless you want some extra functionality. All you need to do is go to and click on the start image to enter the website:

You will then be offered to either register a free account or continue using the service as an unregistered user. I recommend creating account because it will make it possible for you to log back in and work with previously uploaded files. Registration is quick and easy, so it's really worth it.

You will then be offered to either create, upload or open a PDF file. There is also an option to create PDF forms that can be filled by users who don't have any PDF editing software installed on their PCs.

Once you choose the relevant option, the PDF editing screen will open:

Use the icons on the left-hand pane to add text, images, form fields, links and lines. If you want to delete something, simply use the Whiteout function.

When done, either click on the Save icon to save the PDF on the website (use it only if you have an account), or on the Download icon to download the end result. You can also print your new PDF right from the PDFescape editing page.

PDFescape is an amazing free service that saved me on numerous occasions. Try it and I'm sure you'll become a fan.

© 2011 Snurre


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    • Madurai profile image


      6 years ago from Online

      Great tips for editing PDF files onlin. Thanks for SHARING:)

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      arksys, thank you!

    • arksys profile image


      7 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      very useful tool ... thanks for sharing.


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