How to Edit a Scanned PDF on Mac

Editing scanned PDF file is hectic when you do not have the right PDF tool. To be precise, you need to have software that is built with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature, which scans PDF files and makes them editable and searchable. Some powerful software are built with this feature and makes it easier for you to always change texts, images and modify pages of your PDF file. Therefore, in this guide I will show you how to edit a scanned PDF.

How to Edit Scanned PDF on Mac

With Wondershare PDFelement for Mac you will be able to OCR single files, multiple files and later edit them. To kick-start the process, you need to download and install this PDF editor on your Mac. Launch it and the follow these baby steps.

STEP 1. Import Scanned PDF into PDFelement

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First, you need to upload the scanned file to the program. On the Home window click on "Open File" and select the document from downloads, desktop or documents folder on your computer. You can also upload by clicking on "File" and then “Open” where you will be able to search files on your local folder and upload them.

STEP 2. Perform OCR on Scanned PDF

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Once you have imported the scanned file, it will be displayed on the program and you will see a notification that is a scanned PDF file. You will be required to perform OCR. Click on the“Perform OCR” button at the left hand side of the notification. Next you can perform the following:

  • Choose Page Range - Under "Page Range", you can opt to OCR all pages, current page, even pages, odd pages or customize pages.
  • OCR Language - Click the "Document Language" icon and select the OCR language of your PDF.
  • Change DPI - The next step is to choose a preferred dpi quality such 72 dpi, 150 dpi, 300 dpi or 600 dpi.

After that, you can now click on “Perform OCR”. The program will eventually OCR the PDF file.

STEP 3. Edit Text in PDF after OCR

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Open the file after OCR in PDFelement. Then click on the "Edit" button on the tool bar. You can now move to any text block and click to start modifying, deleting, inserting text. If you want to add new text, you can click the "Add Text" button and then draw a text block anywhere on the page.

STEP 4. Edit Image in PDF after OCR

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To edit images, click on "Edit" and then click on the "Image" button on the formatting tool bar that appears. When you click on it, it will enable you upload an image from your local folder. Alternatively, you can double click on the image and a drop down menu will appear that lets you rotate, crop or extract image.

STEP 5. Edit Page in PDF after OCR

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For editing pages, you need to click on "Pages" on the right hand of the screen, and you will see option like; Rotate Pages, Delete Pages, Extract Pages, Replace Pages, Crop Pages, Insert Pages among others. Choose any action that you want to do on your PDF.

STEP 6. Save Your PDF Document

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After editing PDF file after OCR, you can now save it. Click on "Command + S", or you can go to "File" and click on the "Save" button. To change its name completely, click on "File" and then click on "Save As" button.