How to Unlock PDF Files for Editing

Since they are highly secure, PDF files cannot be easily edited by recipients. Adobe created the document type as an easy way of sharing files between computers and over the Internet, giving the file type its name--portable document format. However, more and more organizations use PDF files to share information in a format they do not want to be altered. You will find that many documents you receive in PDF format are well suited to other uses and can be used as a template to create a new document. If you would like to edit the PDF file to tailor it to a new use, you must first unlock the document by converting it to a word-processor file.

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You can edit PDF files after they have been converted to a new file type.

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Upload your PDF document to a free online file-conversion website if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Professional. If you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat professional, open the PDF document and export it to Word by clicking the "Export" shortcut.

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Select the type of word-processor file you wish to create in the drop-down menu. Microsoft Word documents have the extension .doc while WordPerfect files have the extension .wpd.

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Enter your email address. If you are not already a subscriber to an online-conversion website, the system will need your email address to send you a link to your new document once the conversion process is complete.

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Download your converted file in your word processor. Edit the document as needed.