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How to edit a PDF in LibreOffice

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LibreOffice is a free-to-download, open-source office productivity suite that lets you easily edit PDFs. It could even be the easiest and best free PDF editor available, so let's have a look. 

During our adventure into how to edit PDFs using software other than Adobe Acrobat, we've discovered that yes, you can edit PDFs in Word and Google Docs. However, there can be some possible formatting issues, especially when dealing with PDFs that contain many images and graphs.

However, in LibreOffice, it is as easy as launching the software and dropping in your PDF. That's because LibreOffice also keeps the formatting of the original document intact and allows you to get to work. 

So without further adieu, here's how you can edit your PDFs in LibreOffice.

How to open your PDF in LibreOffice

How to edit a PDF in Libre Office

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1. Launch Libre Office

How to edit a pdf in Libre Office

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2. Drag and drop your file into Libre Office to open it. 

How to edit a pdf in Libre Office

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3. Edit your PDF. What's great about LibreOffice is that you can easily manipulate, delete and add new images, pages, and graphs. The software does an excellent job of keeping the formatting of your original document intact. To edit, just highlight the desired text and you can edit from there. 

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4. To export your new PDF, select "File" in the upper left and then select "Export As" and "Export as PDF."

How to edit a pdf in Libre Office

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5. An Export window will pop up and you can select export and then close. When you go to close, it will ask you to save your document. That's it! You're done. 

How to edit a pdf in Libre Office

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As always, I suggest opening your completed PDF to make sure the formatting is to your liking and that the images and graphs are perfect.

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.