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Google Docs Alternatives to Edit PDF Files

"Hi, I heard Google Docs is able to edit PDF documents. Is it true? If it is, then how to edit a PDF file on Google Doc? In my impression, it’s a tool to create and save documents on the Cloud, not edit documents." - Sarah

Like Sarah, have the same question? You’re landing on the page means you wish to learn more about how to edit PDF files with Google Docs. I’m really sorry to tell you that after Google shut up Google Docs and named it as Google Drive, they shut up the editing PDF function as well. Now as usual, you can upload PDF files to Google Drive for sharing.

Top 3 Google Docs Alternatives to Edit a PDF Files

1. The Free Cloud-based PDF Editor – CutePDF Editor

CutePDF Editor is a free online PDF editing tool. Like Google Docs, it’s also a Cloud-based tool. Now it allows you to extract, rotate, resize, delete, crop PDF pages, and insert blank pages. From its features, you can find that it is a tool focuses on editing PDF pages. Until now it has not provided any text and objects editing features yet. Learn more >>

2. Free Online PDF Reader – PDFescape

PDFescape is a free online PDF Editor. With it, you can add text, images to PDF files, crop, move, delete, insert PDF pages, and protect PDF contents using a password. Learn More >>

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3. All-in-1 PDF Solution – Wondershare PDFelement

Wondershare PDFelement is a comprehensive solution to PDF creation, editing, conversion, PDF form editing & filling. It is a desktop PDF editing tool. It has separated version for Windows PC and Mac respectively. Learn more about Wondershare PDFelement (Windows) and Wondershare PDFelement for Mac.

Wondershare PDFelement free trial version is available to download!

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A watermark will be added to files saved with the trial version!

Main Features for Wondershare PDFelement

  • To insert text or modify text, click the Home menu, and then click “Edit Text”. Move mouse to the PDF file where you’re going to insert text, double-click the text block to enter the newly text.
  • To add blank pages, images, bookmark, link, or watermark to a PDF file, click the Insert menu to select the corresponding tools to carry out the editing.
  • To manage PDF pages, Wondershare PDFelement offers you several options: Delete Page, Extract Page, Crop Page, Merge Document, Split Documents, etc.

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The above mentioned 3 Google Docs alternatives, I prefer PDFescape and Wondershare PDFelement. PDFescape offers more features than a usual online PDF editing tool. And to edit personal PDF documents, Wondershare PDFelement is better. After all, it's a desktop app which keeps PDF documents safer.

Edit PDF with Google Docs Alternative - Wondershare PDFelement

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Sorry to tell you that you can't edit PDF files on Google Drive anymore. You should try one of the above listed out alternatives to edit PDF files, like extracting or insert pages.
I'm not sure if I am reading this correctly. From the description here it seems there is no way to edit a pdf (for example, extract pages or insert pages) with the pdf file remaining on Google Drive? From what I have read here, you need the file to be on your desktop first. Is that correct?
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Thank you, Joshua. We'll give your proposal our fullest consideration.
I was wondering if you plan on offering a Chromium version? Google Docs as used in ChromeOS currently is severely lacking in the ability to edit PDFs and this program looks like it would fill the gap wonderfully.
Dear Jerry, I'm very sorry for the trouble we've brought to you. The free trial version is offered for you to try whether it works or not. If you think it is good, you should register the full version and there will be no watermark on your documents any more.
PDF Editor works fine, but don't make the mistake I did and assume this free download is functional. I just spent a considerable ammount of time editing a document only to find that I can't save it without a huge watermark across it. Huge waste of time.
I just switched to Wondershare PDF Editor. It's good. No formatting, graphics and pictures lost
I don't see where or how to do this anymore
Dear Estherfielding, Do you mean your Mac computer cannot open Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac or Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac doesn't support the PDF that you need to edit? Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.
I downloaded the Mac version, but when I tried to access it message says it's not supported


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