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Edit PDF Files

View and Edit PDF Properties

To view and modify the PDF properties, please navigate to File > Properties.


This tab shows some basic information about the document.

To edit a standard property, click on the property field, and then input your information as desired. Please note that certain information such as PDF version, page size, and the number of pages are generated automatically when the file is created, and cannot be modified.


This tab allows you to add or edit the custom properties of documents, such as comments, company name, etc.

To add or edit custom properties, follow the steps below:


This tab describes security permissions and what functionality is allowed within a PDF. You can go to the Protect tab to change document security settings if the permission allows.

Initial View

When a user opens your PDF document, they see the initial view of the PDF. You can set the initial view to the magnification level, page and page layout that you want.

Layout and Destination

Tip: If users specify the layout settings in the initial view and page display preferences, the settings in initial view will prevail.

Window Options

Manage Bookmarks

Bookmarks are navigation tools that make your PDF files easier to read. With Foxit PhantomPDF Mac, you can easily add, edit, or delete bookmarks in a PDF file if the security settings allow.

Open the Bookmark Panel

Add a Bookmark

Tip: After adding a bookmark, you can also move it to a desired hierarchy, if necessary. Please refer to Move a Bookmark for more information.

Edit a Bookmark

In Foxit PhantomPDF Mac, you are able to rename a bookmark, reset a bookmark's destination, or customize the text appearance of a bookmark with ease if the security settings allow.

Rename a Bookmark

Reset a Bookmark's Destination

Customize the Text Appearance of a Bookmark

Tip: After defining a bookmark's appearance, you can set it as bookmarks' default property by right-clicking the bookmark and then selecting Use Current Appearance as New Default option.

Add an Action to a Bookmark

Delete a Bookmark

To delete a bookmark, please do one of the following in the Bookmarks panel:

Tip: Deleting a bookmark deletes all the bookmarks that are subordinate to it.

Move a Bookmark

To move a bookmark, please do one of the following in the Bookmarks panel:

Create and Manage Destinations

When creating a link in a PDF, you can link to a specified destination in the document. With Foxit PhantomPDF Mac, you can create and manage destinations in the Destinations panel in the navigation pane.

Open the Destinations Panel

Do any of the following to open the Destinations panel:

Create a Destination

Manage Destinations

Sort Destinations

To sort destinations, click the Options menu in the Destinations panel, and select Sort by Name or Sort by Page.

Change Destinations

Delete Destinations

To delete a destination, right-click a destination and choose Delete. Or choose the destination and press Delete on the keyboard.

Manage File Attachments

Open the Attachments Panel

Do any of the following to open the Attachments panel:

Add a File Attachment

Work on the File Attachments

Configure Security Settings

You can configure the security settings about how to open a file attachment with the following steps:

Manage File Attachments

In the Attachments panel, right-click a file attachment, and select one of the following options from the context menu:

Manage Page Thumbnails

Open the Pages Panel

Do any of the following to open the Pages panel:

Work on Page Thumbnails

The Pages panel displays all the page thumbnails of a PDF file which is opened in Foxit PhantomPDF Mac. In the Pages panel, you can do any of the following:

Tip: When you are organizing pages, you can also right-click on any page thumbnail in the Thumbnail window, and choose the Print Pages or Properties option from the context menu to print pages or change page properties.

Work with Audio & Video

Play Audio or Video

To play audio or video, please make sure you have necessary media player installed on your device, and then do the following:

Add Audio or Video

Foxit PhantomPDF Mac allows you to add audio and video in the popular formats (including .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .wav. .mp3, etc.) to PDF files.

Add Audio or Video

Edit the Play Area

Set Audio & Video Properties

Audio & Video Properties

Rendition Settings

Use current playback settings as default for this type of media: Set your settings as the new default for all the multimedia files you create in future.

Work with Layers

Foxit PhantomPDF Mac supports the ability to import, merge, flatten, reorder, rename, and delete layers in PDF documents, and change the properties of layers.

Show or Hide PDF Layers

Import Layers

You can import layers from a PDF file or import images as layers into a target PDF file.

Merge Layers

Note: Merged layers will have the same properties of the target layer. After you merge the layers, you cannot undo the operation.

Flatten Layers

In the Layers panel, click the Options menu  at the top left corner, choose Flatten Layer, and confirm your operation.

Note: After the flattening operation, all layers will be consolidated, while the layers that are originally not visible will be removed. After you flatten the layers, you cannot undo the operation.

Delete Layers

Note: When you delete a layer, its corresponding content will be removed.

Reorder Layers

In the Layers panel, press the Command key while you click the layer’s name, and drag it to the desired location.

Note: You cannot reorder locked layers or layers in nested layer groups.

Edit Layer Properties

Search and Replace Text

The Search & Replace function allows you to quickly update the text that occurs multiple times in the document. Foxit PhantomPDF Mac will find the next occurrence of your specified text and replace it with your new text.

Add Objects in a PDF

You can add or insert new text or image objects into a PDF.

Add New Text Objects

Add New Image Objects

Edit Objects in a PDF

Edit Text

With Foxit PhantomPDF Mac, you can either edit text in a paragraph like Microsoft Office Word or edit text as an independent object.

To edit text in a paragraph, please do the following:

To edit a text object, please do the following:

Edit Image Objects

Create Links in a PDF

Links help you to lead the readers to related articles, references, or the intended web page.

Rectangle Links

Add a Rectangle Link

Move or Resize a Rectangle Link

You can move and resize the rectangle link after you create it.

Delete a Rectangle Link

Web Links

Foxit PhantomPDF Mac enables you to find and convert URLs in text format to web link objects. Web link objects can guide you to corresponding websites directly when you click them in the default tool mode. With Foxit PhantomPDF Mac, you can also convert linked web page to PDF and append it to your PDF file. 

Create Web Link Objects from URLs

By default, Foxit PhantomPDF Mac will detect URLs in text format and convert them to web link objects automatically when you open a PDF file. If you do not want to create web link objects automatically, please go to File tab (or Foxit PhantomPDF in the menu bar) > Preferences > General, and uncheck the Create links from URLs option in the Basic Tools group.

To create web link objects manually, please do the following:

Remove Web Link Objects

Append All Web Links on the Current Page

You can download all web links on the current page and convert the linked web pages to PDF pages that will be appended to the end of the current PDF. Steps are as follows:  

By default, only one level of the linked websites is converted to PDF pages. After conversion, the downloaded links in the document will change to internal links that jump to the converted page in the document when you click them.

Append Selected Web Links on the Current Page

Besides appending all web links at one time, Foxit PhantomPDF Mac also allows users to view all web links on a page, and select links as desired to convert the linked web pages with custom settings to PDFs that will be appended to the end of the current PDF.

After the downloading completes, you can see the linked web pages are successfully converted and appended to the end of the current document. Please note that after conversion the downloaded links in the document will change to internal links that will jump to the converted pages in the document when you click them.

Optimize PDF Files

With the PDF optimizer, users can reduce file size by compressing images, and clearing out redundant PDF objects, user data, and unembedded fonts.