Editing a PDF

There are many times when we wish we could edit a document that we only have available as a printed page, not in a digital format. It is possible to use the school’s copier to scan the document and email yourself a PDF of the document. Once you have a PDF, we can use Google Drive to create a version that is editable using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which means that software will recognize each character in the PDF and create a document you can edit.

Open Google Drive and upload any PDF that you would like to edit. When you select the document so that it is highlighted in blue, choices of actions and tools should be available to you in the upper right corner. Select the three dots which indicate more choices available, then Open With, and Google Docs.

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You will see the blue page image with the yellow and red ball underneath that indicates Google Drive is working.

google drive workingWhen the document opens, there will be an image of your document at the top, you will know it is an image because if you click on it it will be surrounded by a blue box and can be moved around. Scroll down below the image for the editable text.


A video of these steps is available here from The Gooru. If you are unsure how to use the copier to scan a document and email it to yourself, ask your MRC Director.

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