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Text from pdf files extends border of page.

asked 2017-11-12 15:08:15 +0200

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updated 2017-11-12 15:24:59 +0200

Hi there, newbie here.

I want to edit a PDF file but when I open it with draw and select the edit mode, most of the text extends outside the page. Most likely reason for this is that libre uses another font. But still, I would like to be able to edit and format text. Margins don't work. Selecting the text and hitting enter/return right at the edge of the page is not a real solution because the text overlaps the text that is beneath it (I mean the next line). Dragging the clips from the borders when the text is selected does not work either.

One more thing is that I can't figure out if you can select and edit or format the whole text and not a single line at a time. Because when opening the pdf file in libre draw I can select only single lines and not the whole text for formatting or editing. I can select more than one line but only for moving them up/down/left/right.

The only workaround is to move down all the lines beneath the line you are actually working at and edit every single line with "return", "cut" and "paste" in order to adjust the text to the page or you could cut and paste every line into one single line But that takes ages if you have a 30 pages file.

Another (worse) solution would be to change the text size.

Is there a solution I might didn't think of or is this just the way pdf editing works in libre office draw? Thank you, George

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answered 2017-11-13 17:38:03 +0200

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Draw is not good at editing a PDF. As you have found each line of text appears in a text box. It is better to use a program that is designed for editing a PDF. I have found a free program, AbleWord, at This program can open a PDF or Word document, allow editing, and save as a PDF or Word document.

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answered 2017-11-12 16:41:45 +0200

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You can upgrade version of your libreoffice

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