How To Edit PDFs Without Downloading Software

How To Edit PDFs Without Downloading Software
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As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s becoming more and more common for companies to send PDFs in digital format to request signatures. This can be a bit of a pain because you generally have to print the document, sign it, and then scan it in using a scanner. However, it is possible to edit PDFs so there’s no need to print and scan them in, and you don’t even need to download any software to do it. All you need is a browser-based PDF editor.

Browser-based PDF editors

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will use DeftPDF, a browser-based PDF editor that’s easy to use. There are many others available, so this is only one option. DeftPDF has many of the same features as other PDF editors, but it goes above and beyond in some ways.

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Here are some of the main features of DeftPDF:

  • Edit, crop and compress PDFs
  • Convert PDF files to Word documents
  • Convert PDF files to JPG, PPT and other document types
  • Delete pages from PDFs
  • Merge two or more PDFs
  • Add watermark or other images to documents
  • Remove restrictions and passwords from PDF files
  • Type on PDFs
  • Compress PDF files

How to use DeftPDF to edit PDFs

Here's a tutorial for editing PDFs:

  1. Go to DeftPDF and select "Edit" in the menu at the top.
  2. Upload the PDF you want to edit.
  3. Select the texts you want to edit and change formats.
  4. After making all the changes you want to make, click "Apply changes."
  5. Download the file and save it to your computer or print. You can also upload it to Dropbox or Google Drive to save and share.

You can also fill out and sign PDFs right on your computer using this web-based editor.

  1. To do this, go to "Fill & sign" in the menu at the top and then upload the PDF file.
  2. Choose "I'm filling out" from the options.
  3. Select "Text" and add a text box to the part of the PDF you're filling in. Then edit the text box.
  4. Click "Apply changes" and download the file to save or print it.

To use any of the other features in the PDF editor, select options such as "Compress" and then upload the file you want to edit. The tool is fairly straightforward, and it's nice to be able to edit and fill out PDFs without having to print, fill them out by hand and then scan them in. Browser-based PDF editors are especially helpful for those who don't edit enough PDFs to make it worth paying for software.

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Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on India and South East Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report. -- He can be emailed at
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