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11 Best PDF Editors for Windows (Free and Paid)

A PDF file is not intended to be edited, but there might be some situations where you need to edit it. Such as adding a signature to an invoice or change the bill amount, correct the typos, and so on. On a long PDF document, you might need to insert a new page. If you are a Windows user, there are a bunch of PDF editors for Windows that you can use to edit your PDF file, be it free or paid. We have compiled them on the list below.

Free PDF editors for Windows

1. Sejda

Sejda Free PDF Editor

The first free PDF editor you can install on your Windows computer is Sejda. If you have a Linux computer or Mac, you can also install Sejda on them since Sejda is also available for those two platforms. Sejda is basically an online PDF editor, but the developer also offers a desktop version to allow you to edit your PDF files offline. Sejda has a sleek, clean interface. It allows you to edit the existing texts or add a new one. When editing a text, you can change the font and text color. There are also options to add and delete a page. You can add elements to the PDF file you are editing such as form, signature, and shape.

You can use Sejda for free but limited to 3 tasks per day. You can use the pro version if you need to unlock the restrictions.

2. ApowerPDF

ApowerPDF is a feature-rich PDF editor for Windows. It has all features offered by Sejda above. Plus, this PDF editor also supports OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and allows you to password-protect your PDF file. It also has a great interface. Unfortunately, the free version of ApowerPDF comes with plenty of restrictions. Your PDF file will contain a large watermark and you can only export the 5 first pages of your document.

3. Icecream PDF Editor

Icecream PDF Editor is pretty similar to ApowerPDF. You can also use it for free to edit your PDF. However, your PDF file will contain a watermark once you edit it with this tool and can’t be removed unless you buy the pro version. With Icecream PDF Editor, you can edit your PDF document by adding new text, editing the existing texts, and adding elements like form, image, stamp, or shape. You can also add a new page to your PDF file if you need to. Icecream PDF Editor has a great interface.

4. PDF Candy

Unlike the three first tools above, PDF Candy has no feature to edit the content of your PDF file. You can’t use this tool to correct typos, add a new text, or add any other element. PDF Candy is technically a PDF converter instead of a PDF editor. But it has some extra features such as the ability to merge PDF files, split a PDF file, delete a page, extract images and text from your PDF file and edit the metadata. You can use PDF Candy for free and your PDF file won’t contain a watermark but you are restricted to only 2 tasks per day with the free version.

5. CleverPDF

CleverPDF is pretty similar to PDF Candy. It doesn’t allow you to edit the content of your PDF file. Instead, CleverPDF only allows you to add a watermark to a PDF file, add page number, split PDF, extract images from a PDF file, compress a PDF file, and convert a PDF file to other formats. You can use CleverPDF for free with some restrictions. One of which, you can’t edit a PDF file longer than 10 pages.

Paid PDF editors for Windows

1. PDFElement

PDFElement is a PDF Editor developed by Wondershare, the developer that also develops an easy-to-use video editor, Filmora9. You can use PDFElement to edit the content of your PDF file by adding a new text or editing the existing ones, as well as adding images, a watermark, a form, and other elements. There is also a menu to password-protect a PDF file. PDFElement is integrated with Dropbox. You can both directly open your PDF file from Dropbox and store it back to Dropbox. PDFElement is available in two versions: Pro and Standard. The Pro version comes with more advanced features like OCR support, the ability to scan a paper into an editable PDF, add a digital signature, and so on. PDFElement offers a free trial to allow you to try the offered features.

2. Foxit PhantomPDF

Foxit PhantomPDF is a great PDF editor if you want to edit a PDF file collaboratively with your teammates. Add comes with a collaboration feature that allows you to share comments with others. You can invite your team members to join the document you are editing. The interface of Foxit PhantomPDF is pretty similar to a word processor. In addition to the ability to edit and add text, you can also use Foxit PhantomPDF to add a digital signature, add a new page, and elements. You can also scan a document and turn it into an editable PDF file. Foxit PhantomPDF is available in two versions: Standard and Business. A 14-day trial is available to give this tool a try.

3. WPS Office

WPS Office is better known as a free alternative to Microsoft Office. In addition to three main apps (word processor, spreadsheet editor, and presentation maker), WPS Office also comes with a PDF editor that allows you to edit a PDF file. The interface of WPS Office’s PDF editor is not much different from its word processor. You can use WPS Office’s PDF editor to edit the text as well as add a new one, add an image, add a digital signature, add/delete a page, split a PDF file, and so on.

WPS Office is especially a great option if you are looking to edit your PDF file with your teammates as it comes with a collaboration feature that allows you to edit your PDF file with your teammates in real-time. You can save your PDF file to the cloud to access it from anywhere. The PDF editor feature of WPS Office is only available in the paid version, but you can try it for free.

4. Adobe Acrobat DC

Of course, it would be a mistake to not mention this tool when discussing PDF editor. Adobe Acrobat DC is one of the most popular PDF editors. You can use this tool with your Adobe account, which is integrated into the cloud. Uploading your PDF file to the cloud allows you to share it with your teammates. They (your teammates) can leave a comment without having to create an Adobe account. You can use the “@” sign to mention your teammates in the PDF document. Adobe Acrobat DC also supports OCR and the ability to scan a printed document and turn it into an editable PDF file. Adobe Acrobat DC is available in two versions Acrobat Standard DC (Windows only) and Acrobat Pro DC (Windows and Mac). You can try it for free for 7 days.

5. Nitro

Nitro is another feature-rich PDF editor for Windows. The features offered by this tool are not much different from other PDF editors above where you can edit and add text, add a signature, add an image, and other elements. Nitro has a feature that allows you to request a signature.

6. PDFescape

PDFescape is a feature-rich PDF editor to edit your PDF files. It allows you to edit the content of your PDF file such as fixing the typos, add a new text, add new elements like image and form, and so on. When editing a long PDF file, you can add or remove a page. PDFescape also has a feature to password-protect a PDF file. A trial version is available to try PDFelement for free.

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