Provided by Google within its Google Drive service, Google Docs is a great word processor, allowing online creation, editing and real-time collaboration of multiple users. But can we edit PDF in Google Docs? Is it possible to maintain the formatting? Find out all the answers here.
Yes, you can, but only when you open text-based PDF that has simple layout. As you can see in following picture, Google Docs opens a simple text-based PDF without losing formatting:
But if your PDF contains well-formatted texts, charts, graphics or background, you won’t be able to open such a PDF in Google Docs without losing formatting, you can refer to following picture.
In the case that you just need to open and edit a simple text-based PDF in Google Docs without losing formatting, take these steps.
However, one of the main reasons we use PDF format is its expertise to make a file look professional with elegant layout, format and versatility in contents. In other words, it is much likely we will need to open and edit a “complicate” PDF in Google Docs, and in the end, we will lose the formatting.
Then how to edit PDF in Google Docs without changing format? Continue reading.
Editing PDF in Google Docs and maintaining the format can be a tricky task without the help of a dedicated program. By using Cisdem PDF Converter OCR, only 2 steps are required to complete this task.
Cisdem PDF Converter OCR is designed to turn both native and scanned PDFs into Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Spreadsheet, ePub, Text, RTF, HTML, PDF/A, XOD, XPS and image without loss of formatting, on Mac and Windows. We just need to convert your PDF to Google Docs with formatting in Cisdem first, then upload the file to Google Drive and edit it in original format.
Main Features of Cisdem PDF Converter OCR
Saving PDF in Docx format first is a better way to edit PDF in Google Docs without changing its format, we can use Microsoft Word or online converters as well.
You probably have installed Microsoft Office suite on your device. MS Word app allows users to open PDF directly by converting it to Word format and matching to original layout as much as possible, though the result won’t be as good as using Cisdem, if you want t a free solution at this moment, it is worth a try.
If you haven’t installed Word app yet, you can use online free PDF converters, here we recommend smallpdf, it can keep the original formatting to a high extent.
Smallpdf has a lot of useful tools to process PDF file, including merging, splitting, compressing, converting, signing, protecting and editing. Most of the basic features can be accessed to for free, but advanced features like OCR, batch support require Pro upgrade. However, like any other online PDF tools, the process speed is still a problem, it has users wait for long especially when a large PDF is uploaded.
Editing PDF in Google Docs inevitably incurs the loss of formatting, can we just find a perfect tool to edit PDF without losing formatting? Yes, of course.
Unlike Google Docs, Cisdem PDFMaster is a paid app with a 14-day free trial. But its price is very affordable, $69.99 for lifetime. It has dozens of powerful tools. You can use this tool to edit, convert, create, compress, encrypt and decrypt PDF files.
The editing module is advanced, allowing users to modify texts in the file, also to annotate, comment, compare, OCR, crop, watermark, create form fields, redact and edit the pages. You can’t edit PDF in Google Docs offline, but this solution can work perfectly without Internet connection. With this tool, there is no need to edit a PDF document in Google Docs that lead to formatting issue.
If you want to edit PDF for free, Google Docs can be one of the best choices as it’s easy and reliable to use. But when you edit PDF in Google Docs, you can only get decent results with certain types of PDFs such as PDFs that only contain text or the ones with very simple formatting.
If your work involves PDF editing and manipulation, you can consider professional paid software such as Cisdem PDF Converter OCR or PDFMaster. Most PDF editing software tools come with versatile features and can also help with other PDF tasks.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.
I like editing files in Google Docs, but it messes up the formatting of my PDF very often. It seems a PDF conversion is the best way to keep the format, i like your recommendations and they did work for me.