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How to Edit a Downloaded PDF on Mac? (Step by Step)

Have you downloaded a PDF file on your Mac and want to make some changes to it? Do you know how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac? If not, then this article is for you!

Indeed PDF is one of the great formats when it comes to sharing information. Sometimes, we wonder if we could edit or change certain information in a PDF. But then we start thinking, is it even possible to edit a PDF? Well, of course, it is!

In this article, we will learn how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac. We will explore various methods with their step-by-step guides.

Let's get started!

Part 1. How to Edit Downloaded PDF on Mac with UPDF?

One popular and reliable option for editing downloaded PDFs on Mac is "UPDF." This powerful tool is designed to edit downloaded PDF files on Mac and other devices as well.

The good thing is you can make changes to your PDF file without converting it to any other format. Moreover, UPDF is AI-powered, which means it can help you do tasks more efficiently and increase your productivity.

Apart from basic text editing, UPDF also offers a lot of other features. You can organize pages, crop sections, compress file sizes, and even create new PDFs. To learn more about what UPDF can do for you, you can click the below button to test it directly or check out the video guide below:

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Also, you don't need a tech expert to use this tool. Its user-friendly interface makes it accessible to everyone.

In this section, we will learn how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac using UPDF in three different scenarios. But before starting, make sure to download UPDF software on your Mac.

Way 1. Edit Downloaded PDF on Mac

Editing simple downloaded PDFs on Mac is one of the common situations. You might need to change the existing information or add a new one. Or, you may want to add new content such as paragraphs, images, links, or more. Whatever it is, UPDF has got you covered!

Here is how you can edit your downloaded PDF on Mac using UPDF:

Step 1: Open UPDF on your Macbook and log in to your UPDF account. If you don't have one, create a new account.

Step 2: Now, click the "Open File" button to open your PDF file on UPDF. You can also drag and drop it here.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac open your pdf file in UPDF on Mac.

Step 3: Click the "Edit PDF" button on the left side menu to open the editing toolbox. You can click on the contents to edit the existing texts, images, or links.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac click edit pdf icon on UPDF

Step 4: If you want to add new text to the downloaded PDF, you can select "Text" on the top menu and click where you want to edit or add the text. Type what you want to write and hit enter. Similarly, you can edit the image and link as well.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac add text in your pdf with UPDF.

Step 5: Once you are done editing your downloaded PDF on Mac, click "File" on the top left corner and click "Save As" to save your edited PDF file on your device.

So, this is how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac using UPDF. It was just simple editing, but UPDF offers you advanced editing options as well. Let's move forward to the second scenario!

Way 2. Edit Downloaded Scanned PDF on Mac

Sometimes, you may need to edit a downloaded scanned PDF on Mac. These could be contracts, receipts, or notes that have been digitized. In such cases, the text in the PDF is not directly editable because it's treated as an image.

This is where the OCR feature of UPDF comes to the rescue! It lets you convert the scanned documents into an editable PDF file. The OCR feature identifies the text within the scanned images. Once the text is identified, you can use the "Edit PDF" feature to edit the file.

So, make sure to  download UPDF for hassle-free editing for the downloaded scanned PDF on Mac.

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If you already have, let's get to the steps!

Step 1: Launch the UPDF app on Mac and click the "Open File" button to open your Scanned PDF file. You can also drag and drop it here.

Step 2: Now click the "OCR" button on the right menu. Under the Document Type, select "Searchable PDF." You will see a new menu. Here, select "Text and pictures only," "Language," "Page Range," and click the "Perform OCR" button. Click "Save" and proceed.

(Note: In case, you are using this feature for the first time, you would have to install the OCR plugin. On clicking OCR, it will ask you to download and install the plugin. Simply follow the on-screen instructions)

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac perform ocr to edit the downloaded scanned PDF on Mac with UPDF

Step 3: UPDF will start converting your scanned PDF into an editable PDF file. The time may vary according to the number of your PDF pages.

Step 4: Once the OCR process is completed, the new PDF file will be automatically opened in UPDF. Click the "Edit PDF" button on the left menu to edit it.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac click the edit pdf button to edit downloaded scanned PDF on Mac with UPDF.

Step 5: Here, you can click the texts to edit directly or select "Text" from the above three options and click anywhere on the PDF page to add more information. You can also add images and links.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac add text to downloaded scanned PDF on Mac with UPDF

Did you see how UPDF can also help you edit the scanned PDF documents? Just a few clicks and the job is done. Well, that's not it! There is one more scenario left. Let's explore it!

Way 3. Edit Downloaded Password Protected PDF on Mac

In some situations, you need to know how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac that is password-protected. It usually happens with confidential documents. In most of the cases, people who received the documents also receive the password with it and they prefer to keep it for security purposes.

However, if you don't want the password, UPDF can help you remove it. You can use its "Remove Security" feature and unlock the document permanently.

Here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Launch the UPDF app on Mac and click the "Open File" button to open your password-protected PDF file. You can also drag and drop it here.

Step 2: Now, UPDF will ask for the password to access the protected PDF file. Enter the password and open it. 

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac enter the password to open the pdf with UPDF on Mac.

Step 3: Once you access your locked PDF, click the "Edit PDF" button on the left menu. If it has permission password, it will ask you to enter the password again.

Step 4:  Select "Text" and click where you want to add new content. Type and hit enter. Or click on any content to edit them directly.

Step 5: When you are done with the editing, you can remove the password from your PDF. Click the "Protect Using Password" button on the right menu and then click "Remove Security."

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac click remove security with UPDF on Mac

Step 6: Once you click the "Remove Security" button, UPDF will ask for confirmation. Click "Remove," and the password will be removed from your PDF. You can save the new PDF.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac click the remove button to remove PDF password with UPDF on Mac

Thats it! We have explored how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac for three different PDF file types. By using UPDF, you ensure that your downloaded PDF editing on Mac is quick, efficient, and hassle-free. It is a valuable tool for anyone who regularly works with PDFs.

Give UPDF a try and see how it can transform your PDF editing experience on Mac. If you want to upgrade to UPDF Pro version, you can have a big discount now.

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However, if you want to explore some other tools that can help you edit your PDF files, you can read further.

Part 2. How to Edit a Downloaded PDF on Mac with Adobe Acrobat?

Adobe Acrobat is also a well-known and widely used PDF editor. You can use it to modify text, add comments images, and doodles to a PDF. Its comprehensive editing features make it a popular choice for both personal and professional use. If you already have installed Adobe Acrobat on your Mac, you can use it to edit your PDF.

You can follow the below instructions to learn how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac using Adobe Acrobat:

Step 1: Click on "File" in the menu, then select "Open" to open the PDF file that you want to edit.

Step 2: Once the PDF is open, click "Tools" in the upper left corner. Select "Edit PDF," and it will enable the editing mode and display the editing toolbar. 

edit the downloaded PDF on Mac with Adobe

Step 3:To edit the contents in the PDF, you can click on the content to edit. And to add new content to PDF, click the "Text" icon.Next, place your cursor on the PDF where you want to add new text. Click here and type the text.

This is how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac using Adobe Acrobat. It also allows you to change the font, size, and style of the text from the text icon menu.

However, most people find this method daunting because of Adobe's user interface. It is designed for professional editors.

Moreover, it is very expensive to use if you need to buy a license.

Part 3. How to Edit a Downloaded PDF on Mac with Preview?

Preview is a built-in app on Mac. It offers a simple and convenient way to view and edit PDFs. It doesn't have advanced features like UPDF or Adobe. However, it can be helpful for making basic annotations and edits to your PDFs. This method is especially useful for Mac users who want a quick way to make changes to a PDF.

Here are the steps for how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac using Preview:

Step 1:  First, locate the PDF file you want to edit on your Mac.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac locate the pdf file on your mac

Step 2: Then, right-click on it and choose the "Open With" option to open your PDF file with the Preview app.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac open the PDF document with the preview app.

Step 3: Once the PDF is open, you can add the content to the PDF. To add text to PDF, click the "Show Markup Toolbar" button at the top of the Preview window. Choose the "Text" tool from there and click on the text you want to edit.

edit your downloaded pdf with the preview app.

Step 4: Once you are done with the editing, click the "File" button and then "Export" to save your edited PDF on Mac.

How to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac save your edited pdf with preview

This is how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac using the preview app. However, it doesn't offer you much to experience. You cannot edit the existing contents in the downloaded PDF.

Part 4. FAQS About How to Edit a Downloaded PDF on Mac

Q1. How to Edit a Downloaded PDF on Mac Without Adobe?

Well, the answer is UPDF. With this tool, you can easily edit a downloaded PDF on a Mac without Adobe. To do this:

Step 1: Open your PDF with UPDF.

Step 2: Then click the "Edit PDF" button to enter the editing mode.

Step 3: Make the changes you want.

Step 4: Click "File" and save your PDF.

Q2. How to Edit a Downloaded PDF on Mac in Word?

Here is how to edit a downloaded PDF on Mac in Word:

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Click "File"> "Open" and select your PDF

Step 3: Word will convert the PDF to an editable format.

Step 4: Make changes to the document.

Step 5: Save your edited document back to PDF by selecting "File" > "Save As" > "PDF" in the format.

Final Thoughts

Wrapping it up! Editing downloaded PDF on a Mac doesn't have to be challenging. In this article, we have explored various methods for how to edit a donwloaded PDF on Mac.

However, if you want a reliable and hassle-free way, then go for UPDF. It is the complete solution when it comes to managing your PDF files.

You don't have to navigate through complex menus and steps. So, what are you waiting for? Download UPDF today and enjoy the editing process like never before!

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