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I printed a Word doc to a PDF and now want to make one small change in the document (I want to change the date from January 17 to January 18). When I click the edit PDF button, my screen shows the bounding boxes of the text. When I actually click in the box and delete the "7", all of the text in the box moves and messes up the formatting. There is no reason for this to happen and I am wondering if there is a way to prevent this in the future. Dealing with the same thing, sometimes there are underlined words in the document also. These lines don't move with the words and seem to appear as an image and not text. The only way to select these images is to move the text box away from the line and then I can select it and move it. In the old Adobe, I used to be able to click the "Ctrl" button and it would allow me to select the line to move it. This does not work in DC. Is there a way to change this or a different way to select these images? Thanks for the help.

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You should not be doing these edits in Acrobat. Go back to the original Word file, edit it and then create a new PDF file from the edited version.

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Editing PDF

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I printed a Word doc to a PDF and now want to make one small change in the document (I want to change the date from January 17 to January 18). When I click the edit PDF button, my screen shows the bounding boxes of the text. When I actually click in the box and delete the "7", all of the text in the box moves and messes up the formatting. There is no reason for this to happen and I am wondering if there is a way to prevent this in the future. Dealing with the same thing, sometimes there are underlined words in the document also. These lines don't move with the words and seem to appear as an image and not text. The only way to select these images is to move the text box away from the line and then I can select it and move it. In the old Adobe, I used to be able to click the "Ctrl" button and it would allow me to select the line to move it. This does not work in DC. Is there a way to change this or a different way to select these images? Thanks for the help.

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You should not be doing these edits in Acrobat. Go back to the original Word file, edit it and then create a new PDF file from the edited version.

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You should not be doing these edits in Acrobat. Go back to the original Word file, edit it and then create a new PDF file from the edited version.

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That's not usually practical. I understand it is best to edit the Word file directly, but I am adding other documents and things to these PDF files.

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Doesn't matter. Create a new version of those pages and then use the Replace Pages command to insert them.

The rest of the file will remain intact.

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Thanks. I understand what you're saying, but this is still not a practical application. With the previous version, this did not happen with such a simple one character change. 

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Well, I'm afraid there's nothing you (or I) can do about how the application works in this way... You just have to make do.

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Don't you love it when Adobe comes out with a new "improved" version and you can't do something really simple that you could easily do in the old version!

I still miss the floating pallet for text properties that hasn't been in Acrobat since around version 7. Newer version require you to first select the text, then right-click, select properties, etc for each text block you need to change.

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Not really. Press Ctrl+E and this floating toolbar will appear.

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