Chromebooks have a way to run an offline OCR tool using Wine to extract text from images or PDF files. But if you want to add text or images to a PDF or simply want to e-sign a document, you need a PDF editor on your Chromebook. Fortunately, Google recently added support for PDF annotation in the native Gallery app.


While the feature is barebones in its current form, you can use it for basic PDF editing. So in this article, we have explained how to edit PDF files on a Chromebook for free. Along with that, we have also detailed a third-party app that lets you review, edit, and sign PDFs on Chromebooks. On that note, let’s learn how to edit a PDF on Chromebook.

Edit PDF Files on a Chromebook (2022)

In this tutorial, we have included two methods to edit PDF files on a Chromebook. Both of the methods are free to use, and you have many different tools at your disposal.

Edit PDF Files on a Chromebook Using the Built-in Gallery App

Your Chromebook must be running Chrome OS 104 or later in order to edit PDF files using the Gallery app. Google recently overhauled the native Gallery app and added new features like PDF annotation, adding text, signature, and more. With that said, here are the steps to follow.

1. Open the Files app and double-click on the PDF file you want to edit. By default, it will open the PDF file using the Gallery app. You can also right-click on the PDF file and choose “Open With -> Gallery“.

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2. Next, if you want to add text or fill out a form, click on the Text Annotation “Tt” icon in the top menu bar.

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3. Then, a new menu will open in the right sidebar. From here, you can choose the font, size, alignment, formatting, and color. Now, you can go ahead and add a text box to the PDF file.

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4. In case you want to annotate a PDF or sign a PDF document, click on the “Annotate” icon (squiggly line) in the top menu bar.

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5. Now, choose a pen, highlighter, or eraser from the right sidebar. You can also customize the size of the pen and select the colors as well. Once done, click on “Save” at the top-right corner, and that’s all.

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There are a couple of methods you can use but this is one of the simplest to use.


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