Find and Replace Text in PDFs

Have you ever needed to replace text in a PDF, but you didn’t have the source files? What about replacing the same bit of text on 50, 100, or 150 pages of the PDF?

If the text is small and simple (like a change to the copyright year, for example), then you could do worse than using Acrobat Pro’s built-in redact feature.

The redact feature is intended to find and delete text from a document. But the feature allows you to add new text to the place you just deleted text from. Hey, that sounds like find and replace to me.

This trick is really best when the text is standing alone, like in a header or footer, rather than in the middle of a paragraph. Watch this 5 minute video and let me know if it’s helpful. And I apologize in advance for how small/blurry the video is!

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