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Welcome to PDF-XChange Editor V9 - one of the fastest and most feature-rich options available worldwide to create, view, edit and annotate PDF files. Please note that this manual details PDF-XChange Editor when it is viewed in the Classic UI. It is also possible to use PDF-XChange Editor in the Ribbon UI, which was introduced in version seven, and the ribbon version of the manual is available here.


PDF-XChange Lite V9, our award-winning technology that installs as a virtual printer, is included with this product. It can be used to print-to-PDF from Windows applications and features an optimized hybrid engine that significantly increases the quality of conversion for images and image-based text characters, and prints to both GDI and XPS. The PDF-XChange Lite V9 user manual is available here.


We offer several further cutting-edge applications for the manipulation of PDF and image files. Please see the Tracker Software Products Page for more information.


If you have any queries then please Contact Us. We aim to respond to all communication within eight hours - and we are usually much faster. Additionally, the User Forums are an excellent resource for troubleshooting, and our Knowledgebase contains over four hundred articles about our software and other relevant information.


This manual is composed of the following sections:


Installation details the installation process, system requirements, installation switch options and licensing details for the software.

Features Overview details the main features of PDF-XChange Editor.

Explore the User Interface details the software as it appears via the classic user interface.

Operations Guide details the operations that PDF-XChange Editor performs, and is composed of the following subsections:

The Annotations Guide details all operations that relate to annotations, such as how to add annotations and comments to documents, attach files and set comment styles.

The Bookmarks Guide details all operations that relate to the creation and manipulation of document bookmarks.

The Document Operations Guide details all operations that relate to the creation and manipulation of PDF documents.

The Editing Panes Guide details all operations that relate to the usage of the nine editing panes featured in PDF-XChange Editor.

The Forms Guide details all operations that relate to the creation and manipulation of fillable forms in PDF documents.

The Workspace Guide details all operations that relate to the customization and navigation of the PDF-XChange Editor workspace.

The Tabs Guide is structured to match the UI of the software and details comprehensive operational instructions for its features and functionality. The tabs of the Menu Toolbar each have a corresponding section in the manual, where their submenu options and associated settings are explained. The Menu Toolbar is highlighted in the image below.

Appendix details additional information that relates to the software.

PDF-XChange Lite V9 User Manual details instructions for using the PDF-XChange Lite printer that is included with PDF-XChange Editor.



Figure 1. Menu Toolbar


A PDF version of this manual is available here.


The system administrator's guide, for managing PDF-XChange products across an enterprise, is available here.


The PDF Format


The Portable Document Format (PDF) is an internationally-recognized file format that was developed in 1992 in order to present documents, including text formatting and images, between users of different platforms, application software, hardware and operating systems, who may not have access to mutually-compatible application software. PDF files are based on the PostScript page-description language, and every PDF file contains a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, vector graphics, raster images and other information required to display it. PDF was standardized as an open format in 2008, and since then has expanded to contain a range of additional content besides flat text and graphics, including logical structuring elements, interactive elements such as annotations and form fields, layers, rich media (including video content), three dimensional objects that use the U3D or PRC formats, encryption options, digital signatures, file attachments and document metadata. The specifications of the PDF format are defined and maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which determines the content that is permitted in PDF documents, the properties of that content and the manner in which it can be manipulated. The original PDF specification was created in 1993, and since then it has been regularly expanded and enhanced to include additional content. The ISO published the most recent specification, PDF 2.0, ISO 32000-2:2020, in December 2020. All documents that are created and/or edited with PDF-XChange Editor conform to the ISO specification and are therefore compatible with all systems and software worldwide that also conform to the ISO specification.