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How to Overwrite Text In Adobe Acrobat

Updated March 23, 2017

The Adobe Acrobat PDF writing programs, Standard, Pro and Suite, are among the most popular of their kind. In addition to converting documents to Portable Document Format (PDF), Acrobat programs have a variety of PDF editing features available. The features include the ability to add fields and comments, as well as edit text. You can overwrite text in Adobe Acrobat by following a few steps.

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  1. Open the PDF file that contains the text you want to overwrite. While the following steps use Adobe Acrobat Standard, the same process applies to the other Acrobat programs (Pro and Suite). Click the "File" menu and select "Open." Use the "Look in" menu to find the folder in which the PDF is saved. Select the file and click the "Open" button. You may download a free trial of Acrobat Pro (See Resources section).

  2. Click the "Tools" menu and select "Content" to view a list of available options. Click the "Edit Document Text" option.

  3. Click once in the area of the document that contains the text you want to overwrite. You will notice a border around the section of text. Click once on a section of text that you want to overwrite and drag until the whole section is highlighted while holding down the mouse button. Begin typing over the existing text. Because the "Edit Document Text" feature does not automatically wrap text, you will have to use a hard "Enter" to go to a new line.

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Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat PDF writing program

About the Author

Cooper Temple has over 15 years of experience writing procedural and training material for a Fortune 500 company. His articles specialize in productivity programs and other business-related software.

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