PDFs are a great way to store and share information, but they’re not always the most exciting format. (In fact, they can be downright boring.) Because of this, people often forget to think outside the box when it comes to using PDFs. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of creative ways you can use a PDF document:
Fill in forms and save them
One of the most common uses for PDFs is to fill out forms on your computer and then save them as a PDF file. This makes it easy to access those forms again later and send them as attachments or emails.
You can even use the same technique if you want to send something like a resume or CV through text message or WhatsApp.
Convert PDFs to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
There are several options available if you want to convert a PDF document into another file format.
- Convert the PDF to Word with a converter like PDFSimpli. A PDF converter is an app that lets you open and edit your files in the .docx format (even if it’s on your phone). These tools are especially useful when you’re in a hurry and need to quickly turn any kind of document into something more useful for sharing or submitting online.
- Use an editor to edit the text within your PDFs instead of copying and pasting it into another program. Editing tools like PDFSimpli let you highlight sections, add comments, create notes and bookmarks, add text boxes and images (including photos from your computer), or even redact specific passages from documents. If you’re wondering how to rotate PDF and save, this tool can help you out there too.
Combine several PDF documents into one file
There are two ways you can combine multiple PDFs into one file. The first method is to use the merge feature, which is available in most PDF readers and editors. Here’s what you do:
- Open one of the PDFs that you want to add to your new document.
- Select the files you want to merge (Ctrl-click on Windows or Command-click on Mac) and drag them into a blank area of the window where your existing document will be saved (if there isn’t one).
- Click “Merge” in your menu bar or toolbar and check off “Create a New Document” in the dialogue box that pops up. You may also have an option to move all selected pages into this new file or keep them exactly where they were before merging.
- Save as PDF usual.
Lock it up tight
If you’re worried about people snooping around in your PDF, you can do a few things to ensure it stays private. The first is simple: just add a password to the document. You’ll have to enter it every time someone tries to open the file, which will keep prying eyes out of its contents.
The second option is to have them encrypted using advanced software to provide an added layer of security.
Once that’s done, download the file onto your computer.