How to Edit a PDF on an iPad


This wikiHow teaches you how to edit a PDF on iPad. You can edit a PDF for free using an app called PDFelement, which you can download from the App Store. You must sign up for a free account with PDFelement in order to be able to save changes made to a PDF.

Part 1
Using Markup to Adds Notes and Drawings

Using Markup to Adds Notes and Drawings on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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Open the email or message with the PDF attachment, or open the PDF you want to open in Files on your iPad.

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The Markup icon looks like a circle with a pen tip inside.

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Tap on the highlighter, pencil, pen, or eraser tool to draw on your PDF. Tap on the tool again to edit line thickness and darkness. Click on the colored in circle next to the tools to choose a color.

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After selecting the plus icon, select Text to add a text box, Signature to sign the document, or a shape at the bottom of the pop up window to add it to the PDF.

Part 2
Downloading PDFelement to make Advanced Edits

Downloading PDFelement to make Advanced Edits on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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Open the App Store and search for PDFelement. Tap GET next to PDFelement, the app has a dark blue icon with a white bar on top of a white square.

Downloading PDFelement to make Advanced Edits on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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Open the app, and tap Account. It's the icon that resembles a person in the sidebar to the left. Then, tap Sign Up with Email and fill out the form. Use the boxes to create a Wondershare ID. After tapping Create account, look for a verification code in your email to finish signing up. The form asks you to provide your email address, create a password, nick names, as well as provide your first and last name.

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Open the Files app and tap Browse. Then, tap a location to find your PDF. Tap on the PDF to open it, then click in thee upper-right corner of the screen, and Open in PDFelement to open your file in the editor.

Part 3
Adding Text in PDFelement

Adding Text in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen.

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It's in the middle of the tools at the bottom of the screen. This tool allows you to create a new text box.

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This displays a cursor on the page and the keyboard at the bottom of the screen.

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It's the black bar above the keyboard that displays the current font and point size. Tapping this bar displays a menu that allows you to set a new font.

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The large column on the left lists all possible fonts you can select. Swipe up and down on this column to view all fonts. Tap the font you want to use.

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The column next to the list of fonts allows you to select the font size. Swipe up and down on this column to see all possible font sizes. You can select any font size between 7 points (pt) up to 99 points (pt).

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The column on the right displays colored circles you can use to select a font color. Swipe up and down to see all colors. Then tap a colored circle to select a font color.

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It's in the black bar above the keyboard. This switches back to the keyboard and allows you to type.

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This creates a new text box using the font, font size, and color you selected.

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When you are finished typing, tap the blue button that says "Done" above the keyboard on the right side. This finalizes your text box.

Part 4
Using Highlight, Underline, and Strike-through in PDFelement

Using Highlight, Underline, and Strike-through in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen

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The Highlight tool is the icon with a T inside of a colored box. The Underline tool has an icon of a T with a colored line below. The Strike-through tool has an icon with a colored line through a "T". These tools are used to highlight, underline, or add strike-through to text. All these tools are on the left side of the tool bar at the bottom of the screen.

Using Highlight, Underline, and Strike-through in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's in the lower-left corner. This displays a pop-up with six colored circles.

Using Highlight, Underline, and Strike-through in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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Tap one of the six colored dots in the pop-up to select the color of the highlight, underline, or strike-through.

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To add highlight, underline, or strike-though, tap the text you want to add it to and drag to highlight the entire text you want to add it to.

Part 5
Using the Marker and Eraser in PDFelement

Using the Marker and Eraser in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen

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It's to the right of the strike-through tool. This is the marker tool. It allows you to draw on the document. Tap this icon to select the marker tool. Tap and hold this icon to display a pop-up that allows you to select a color and adjust the line style.

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There are six colored dots that appear in the pop-up when you tap and hold the marker icon. Tapping these colored dots selects a color for the marker tool.

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Below the six colored dots in the pop-up are two slider bars. the bar on the left adjusts the line thickness of the marker tool. Drag the bar to the right to make the line thickness thicker. Drag it to the left to make the line thickness thinner.

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The slider bar on the right below the six colored dots adjusts the opacity (transparency) of the line. Drag this bar to the left to make the line more transparent.

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You can add marks to the document using your finger, stylus, or Apple Pencil.

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It's the icon that resembles an eraser to the right of the marker icon. Tap this icon if you want to remove a mark you made in the document using the marker tool.

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The eraser tools removes any marks you made in the document using the marker tool.

Part 6
Using the Shape Tool in PDFelement

Using the Shape Tool in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen

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It's to the right of the eraser tool. Depending on which shape was last used, this can resembles a rectangle, circle, line, or arrow. Tapping this tool selects it, tapping and holding it displays a pop-up that allows you to select a shape, color, and adjust the line thickness and opacity.

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There are four shapes at the top of the pop-up that allow you to select a shape. You can select a rectangle, circle, straight line, or an arrow.

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There are six colored dots in the pop-up that allow you to select a line color for the shape. Tap one of the colored dots to select a color.

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There are two slider bars at the bottom of the pop-up that allow you to adjust the line. The one on the left adjusts the line thickness of the shape. Drag the slider bar to the left to make the line thinner. Drag it to the right to make the line thicker.

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The slider bar on the right adjust the opacity (transparency) of the line. Drag the slider bar to the right to make the line more transparent.

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This creates a shape in the document.

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This displays a small pop-up with some options for the shape.

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This displays a text box that allows you to add a note. If you want to add a note, type it in the text box and tap Done in the upper-right corner. You're not will not be visible inside the shape, but it will be saved when you tap Note in the pop-up.

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This displays a pop-up that allows you to pick a new color and re-adjust the line thickness and opacity.

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It's the last option in the pop-up. This deletes the shape.

Part 7
Using the Comment Tool in PDFelement

Using the Comment Tool in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen

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It's to the right of the text tool.

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This displays a pop-up text box that allows you to add a comment.

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Use the keyboard at the bottom of the screen to write your comment.

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It's in the upper-right corner of the text box. This leaves a speech box icon on the document containing your comment. Tap Cancel in the upper-left corner to cancel your comment.

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It's the yellow icon that was placed on the document after you finished writing your comment. This displays two options for the comment.

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This opens the text box, allowing you to view and edit the comment.

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It's the same comment icon that was left on the document when you finished typing your comment.

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This removes the comment from the document.

Part 8
Using the Stamp Tool in PDFelement

Using the Stamp Tool in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen

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It's the icon that resembles a stamp. It's to the right of the Comment tool. This displays a list of stamps you can select.

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There are a variety of stamps you can select. Stamps include a a checkmark, red-x, tags that says "Approved", "Reviewed", "Confidential", "Draft", "Final", "Sign Here", and more. Tapping a stamp places it in the middle of the document.

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You can place the stamp anywhere on the screen by tapping and dragging the center of it.

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To adjust the size of a stamp, tap the center of the stamp to display the dotted bounding box around the stamp. Tap the blue dot in the lower-right corner and drag it to adjust the size.

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In addition to displaying a bounding box around a stamp, it also displays two options for the stamp.

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It's the first option when you tap a stamp. This displays a text box you can use to add a note to the stamp. Use the keyboard to type a note for the stamp and then tap Done in the upper-right corner.

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This displays the bounding box and options.

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If you place stamp by mistake, tap this option to remove the stamp.

Part 9
Using The Signature Tool PDFelement

Using The Signature Tool PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the first button at the top of the screen. This displays a variety of editing tools at the bottom of the screen

Using The Signature Tool PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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This is the signature tool. This allows you to add a signature to a document. It's on the right side of the tool bar at the bottom.

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This appears above the signature tool the first time you tap on it. This displays a box that allows you to create a signature. If you've already created a signature, it appears above the signature tool when you tap on it.

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There are four colored dots in the upper-left corner of the "Create Signature" box. Tap one of these colored dots to select the color of your signature.

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The slider bar in the upper-right corner allows you to adjust the line thickness of your signature. Drag it to the left to make your signature thicker. Drag it to the right to make it thinner.

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You can use your finger, a stylus, or Apple Pencil to write your signature in the center of the screen. If you have an image of your signature on your iPad, tap the icon that resembles a picture of mountains in the lower-right corner of the "Create Signature" box to upload that image. You can also use your camera to take a picture of your signature. To do this, tap the icon that resembles a camera in the lower-right corner "Create Signature" box.

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The checkmark icon is in the upper-right corner of the "Create Signature" box. This saves your signature and places it within the document.

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This places a dotted bounding box around the signature to indicate that it is selected.

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With the signature selected, you can drag it to any location in the document by dragging it with your fingers.

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With the signature selected, tap and drag the blue dot in the lower-right corner of the bounding box to change the size of the signature.

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To add a note to a signature, tap it to select it. Then tap Note above the signature. Use the keyboard to type your note and tap Done when you are finished.

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To delete a signature, tap it to select it, and then tap Delete above the signature.

Part 10
Save Changes to a Document in PDFelement

Save Changes to a Document in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's in the upper-right corner of the document. This saves changes you have made to the document.

Save Changes to a Document in PDFelement on How to Edit a PDF on an iPad

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It's the back arrow in the upper-left corner. This exits out of the document.