5 Replies Latest reply on Feb 13, 2018 10:40 AM by brownla

    Can't Edit Text in Acrobat Pro DC


      Yes i know this question keeps getting asked, but there never seems to be a proper answer to it.


      I've searched thru the forums and watched the tutorials but nothing seems to really address the issue.


      So, here's my problem. When I select Edit PDF in some PDF's and select a piece of text, I can't edit it.


      I can delete it, copy it and paste it but I can't edit it.


      When I select the text I get what looks like an image selection box. So I suspect DC is treating it as an image instead of text.


      Someone please tell me if this is so, so I can stop wondering why nothing's working.


      I've tried all the tips for optimising, and I get a message saying it has already been optimised.


      On other PDF's I can edit the text no problem, but on a bout 50% of pdf's that I open the edit text function doesn't work.


      If anyone can tell me what's going on, that would be greatly appreciated.



        • 1. Re: Can't Edit Text in Acrobat Pro DC
          Karl Heinz Kremer Adobe Community Professional

          There are different reasons why something that looks like text does not behave like text. The most common problem is that you are actually looking at an image or a picture of text. In this case, you can very likely (this depends on the quality of the image) run OCR and then after that you should be able to edit this text. The important thing here is to run OCR with the "Editable Text and Images" setting in the OCR settings. Otherwise you end up with text that is stored "behind" the original image.


          If OCR does not work, chances are you are dealing with text that was converted to "outlines". In this case, the text was converted from true text (which you can edit) to vector drawings, that have nothing to do with text anymore (but still look like text). In this case, you are out of luck. Your only option in this case is to convert the complete page (or the complete documents) to a high resolution image file (e.g. a 600dpi TIFF image), and then import this image again into Acrobat (and therefore converting it to PDF), and then running OCR on that.

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          • 2. Re: Can't Edit Text in Acrobat Pro DC

            Im having an issue. I try to delete a few letter and it goes nutty. the text shifts right then the entire format is off.

            its in a box and I select the text I want to delete and it shifts and the text is still there and its overlapped total mess.

            help me please : ) NEW GUY

            • 3. Re: Can't Edit Text in Acrobat Pro DC
              try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Yes, this can happen when trying to edit PDF files. Basically there's nothing that can be done about it, unless you re-create the file, either from the source file (the best option), or by exporting it to another format, editing it there and then creating a new PDF from it.

              • 4. Re: Can't Edit Text in Acrobat Pro DC

                Thanks! I had been selecting "Searchable Text," which seemed like it would be text, but is actually an image over the OCR text.

                • 5. Re: Can't Edit Text in Acrobat Pro DC

                  Acrobat 9 Pro:

                  So turns out that text is really text objects that can be edited but you need the Illustrator program to do it . I have Adobe 9 and when I click on the last of the text editing tools - it lets me select the object - then I can right click and say edit object and It will open Illustrator. Then I just save after my text edits and the object is updated in the pdf file with my new edits. (Icon is a pencil in a text box) Touch up text object tool. This may have changed in a later version of Acrobat