How to Change the Properties of a PDF File

By Amy Dombrower

The Portable Document Format (PDF) file can be viewed and edited using Adobe Acrobat. In Acrobat, you can open a PDF and find all its information, including the security settings, the fonts and the page size. Some information is set by the author of the document and any of this information can be changed in Acrobat. However, if the file has been saved with certain security settings, you may be unable to make changes.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu, then select "Properties." The "Document Properties" dialog box will appear.

Step 3

Select a tab you want to edit. For instance, click the "Description" tab to show the document's basic information. You can change the title, subject, author and keywords that were set by the creator of the document.

Step 4

Select "Security" to see what functions are allowed. If possible, change the password or security options for the PDF.

Step 5

Click "Fonts" to change the fonts and font types used in the PDF documents.

Step 6

Select "Initial View." This shows how the PDF will display when it is opened, such as bookmarks, toolbar, menu bar, page numbers and window size. Adjust these settings to change the appearance of the PDF file.

Step 7

Click "Custom" to add properties to the document.

Step 8

Click "Advanced" to edit the PDF settings and printing presets.