How to Add Text to a PDF in Preview

By Wesley DeBoy

Using Preview, a PDF reader that comes pre-installed on all Macintosh computers, to add text to a PDF is easily done with Preview's "Text Annotation" tool. Simply select the tool, click on the PDF where you would like to add text and type in the text box that appears.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF document
  • Preview

Step 1

Open the PDF that you would like to add text to in Preview.

Step 2

Click the "Annotate" tool and choose "Text Annotation."

Step 3

Click and drag with the "Text Annotation" tool to select the area on the PDF that you would like to add the text.

Step 4

Double click the text box that appears to add text to it. When finished adding text, click outside of the box. To move or resize the text box, click the text box once and manipulate the text box to your liking.

Step 5

Save the PDF when finished. You have now successfully added text to a PDF in preview (See References 1).

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