How to edit a PDF file on Mac or MacBook

How to edit a PDF file on Mac or MacBook

It is possible to edit a PDF file on Mac or MacBook computer. We tell you how to edit, save and view PDF files on your Mac or MacBook Although theoretically they are visualization files, it is also possible to edit PDF files. A Mac is a good computer to carry out this task.

A PDF file is usually compatible with any type of interface or operating system, so it is often used frequently.

In fact, many books, guides, and manuals are often created in PDF files. They usually include text and images (although they can also contain videos and audio clips).

The PDF format is built ”within the Mac operating system, so you can preview it, open it and even edit your PDFs without having to install programs or applications.

When you open a PDF with the previewer in Mac OS X, you can also enjoy various tools and utilities hidden from the naked eye. Here we discover some of them.

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1. Create a PDF on Mac using the print option

It is easy to create PDF documents in Mac OS X, it is so easy that it can even be done through the print menu:

  1. Open the document you want to convert to PDF.
  2. Choose the option ‘File> Print’ .
  3. Click on ‘PDF’ at the bottom left of the print menu and choose the option ‘Save as PDF’ .
  4. Choose a name for the PDF in the ‘Save As’ section.
  5. Choose the folder in which you want to save your PDF.
  6. Click on ‘Save’.

Easy, right? You can search for the PDF you just saved in the folder you have selected. Click on it to preview it.

2. Quick PDF preview on Mac Os X

You can preview any PDF document in ‘Finder’ by pressing the space key. Tapping the space bar on Mac OS X will open Quick Look with the document you want to view.

If the PDF has more than one window, you can swipe down to go from one page to another.

There is an ‘Open’ button in the upper right corner in case you want to open the file, and another button that allows you to share, if you want to send the PDF by email or messages to someone else.

3. Choose to view the PDF in the Mac OS X previewer or in Adobe Acrobat

PDF files are usually opened in the Mac OS X previewer by default. Although we love this Mac tool, sometimes a specific PDF may work a little better in Adobe Acrobat, (especially if there are links and videos in the PDF).

You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Adobe page and use it to view PDF files.

Once downloaded you will only have to drag the PDF file to the Adobe icon in the ‘Dock’ to open it with Adobe instead of with the default Mac program.

You can also make Adobe the default program for opening PDF files:

  1. Locate the PDF file in Finder and click once to select it (don’t open it).
  2. Choose ‘File> Get Info’ , or press ‘Command + I’.
  3. Click on the ‘Open with’ section and choose the Adobe Reader option.
  4. To finish, click on ‘Change everything …’.  

From now on, every time you double-click to open a PDF file, it will open with Adobe Reader instead of Mac OS X preview.

4. Underline, highlight and mark text in Preview


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