Introduction to Editing PDFs in Google Drive

Editing PDFs in Google Drive offers a convenient and accessible way to modify your PDF documents without the need for additional software. Google Drive's PDF editing capabilities make it easy to make changes to text, images, and annotations directly within your browser. This feature is especially useful for collaborating with others, as multiple users can edit the same document simultaneously.

Edit Google Drive PDF
Edit Google Drive PDF

One of the key advantages of editing PDFs in Google Drive is the ability to access your files from anywhere with an internet connection. This cloud-based approach means you can work on your documents from any device, whether it's a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Additionally, Google Drive's integration with other Google Workspace apps, such as Google Docs and Google Sheets, allows for seamless collaboration and sharing of documents across different platforms.

By editing PDFs in Google Drive, you can streamline your workflow and eliminate the need to constantly download, edit, and re-upload files. With its intuitive interface and powerful editing tools, Google Drive provides a user-friendly experience for both beginners and advanced users alike.

Getting Started with Google Drive

Step 1: Creating a Google Drive account

  • Go to
  • Click on "Go to Google Drive" or "Sign in."
  • Sign in with your Google account or create one if you don't have one.

Step 2: Uploading files to Google Drive

  • Once signed in, click on the "New" button.
  • Select "File upload" and choose the PDF file you want to edit from your computer.

Step 3: Understanding the interface

  • After uploading, you'll see your PDF file in Google Drive.
  • To edit the PDF, double-click on it to open it in Google Drive's PDF viewer.

Editing PDFs in Google Drive

How to edit text in a PDF

  • In the PDF viewer, click on the text you want to edit.
  • A text box will appear, allowing you to make changes.
  • You can change the font, size, color, and alignment of the text.

Adding and removing images in a PDF

  • To add an image, click on the "Image" icon in the toolbar.
  • Select an image from your computer to insert into the PDF.
  • To remove an image, click on it and press the "Delete" key on your keyboard.

Inserting links and annotations

  • To insert a link, select the text you want to link and click on the "Link" icon in the toolbar.
  • Enter the URL you want to link to and click "Apply."
  • To add annotations, click on the "Comment" icon in the toolbar and select the area you want to annotate.

Collaboration and Sharing FDP on Google Drive

Sharing PDFs with others

  • Click on the "Share" button in the top right corner of the PDF viewer.
  • Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share the PDF with.
  • Choose their permissions (view, comment, edit) and click "Send."

Collaborating on PDFs in real-time

  • When you share a PDF for editing, others can edit it simultaneously with you.
  • Changes are saved automatically, and you can see who is editing the document in real-time.

Managing sharing settings

  • To change sharing settings, right-click on the PDF file in Google Drive.
  • Select "Share" and then click on "Advanced" to manage permissions and access settings.

Advanced Editing Features

Step 1: Using third-party apps for advanced editing

  • Google Drive offers integration with third-party apps like DocHub for more advanced PDF editing features.
  • Click on "Open with" and select the app you want to use for editing.

Step 2: Converting PDFs to other formats

  • To convert a PDF to another format, right-click on the PDF file in Google Drive.
  • Select "Open with" and choose the format you want to convert the PDF to.

Step 3: Protecting PDFs with passwords

  • To protect a PDF with a password, right-click on the PDF file in Google Drive.
  • Select "Open with" and choose an app that supports password protection, such as Adobe Acrobat.

Troubleshooting and Tips

  • Issue: Unable to edit PDF

  • Solution: Make sure you are using Google Drive's PDF viewer and not just previewing the file. If you are using a mobile device, try using a computer for editing.

  • Issue: Changes not saving

  • Solution: Check your internet connection and try refreshing the page. If the issue persists, try editing the PDF in a different browser.

  • Issue: Missing editing options

  • Solution: Some features may not be available for certain PDFs. Try converting the PDF to a Google Docs format for more editing options.

Tips for efficient PDF editing in Google Drive

  • Use the "Comment" feature to leave notes for collaborators. Click on the text you want to comment on, then click on the "Comment" icon in the toolbar to add your comment. You can also mention specific collaborators by typing "@" followed by their email address.

  • Save your work frequently to avoid losing changes. Click on the "File" menu and select "Save" or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + S on Windows, Command + S on Mac). Google Drive also saves your changes automatically, but it's good practice to save manually as well.

  • Use the "Version history" feature to track changes and revert to previous versions if needed. Click on the "File" menu, select "Version history," and then click "See version history" to view and restore previous versions of the document. This can be useful if you make a mistake or need to reference an earlier version of the PDF.


Editing PDFs in Google Drive offers a simple and convenient way to make changes to your documents. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily edit, collaborate, and share PDFs with others. Start using Google Drive for your PDF editing needs today!

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