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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Edit an Editable File

You bought an editable product. Now, how do you edit it? If you have struggled with this, you are not alone! Following is a quick tutorial for PC users.

1. Make sure the file you are trying to edit is, indeed, editable. When I make an editable product, I usually keep the editable slides separate from the non-editable ones, then put both files into a zip file. Hopefully, the editable file has something to indicate that in its title.

2. Open the PDF that you want to edit. Locate the tools button. 

3. Click on TOOLS and you will get a drop down menu. You want CONTENT EDITING.  


5. When you click on EDIT TEXT & IMAGES, text boxes will appear around the editable text.

6. Put your cursor in the text box and begin typing. Print when you are ready!

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Amendment 6.2017:
Sometimes, the typing prompt is not visible. Authors do this to allow you to hand write your edits. However, you will still be able to type edits, if you wish.
1.  Follow the above directions through #3.

2.  Instead of selecting EDIT TEXT & IMAGES, choose ADD TEXT.

3. You will now be able to draw a text box wherever you wish.  

4.  Type your edits in the text box using the same font the author did. (Hopefully, the author made note of the font used.)

5.  When you have finished editing, print the document.

That's all there is to it!  Now go edit to your heart's delight.

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  1. Thanks for posting this... very easy to follow!

  2. Thank you for this super helpful guide!

  3. Very helpful post! I'll refer people to it when they ask about how to edit an editable file!

  4. That was very helpful and I needed it! Thank you very much!

  5. Great post! Nice, clear screenshots :)

  6. This was more helpful
    Than you know!

  7. Thank you so much for this! This is exactly what I need. You're a very clear writer.

  8. Very informative! Thank you for sharing! :)