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How to Edit/Remove Metadata from PDF

Jane Zhou updated on Jun 18, 2021 to PDF Knowledge Center

A couple of years ago, it wasn't easy to keep track of all your physical files. Fortunately, one of the best perks of modern technology is the possibility to store all of your important information in digital form. Right now, one of the best file types to store and organize papers is PDF. PDF files have an organization system called "metadata" that allows you to categorize and store your files in a way that will enable them to be retrieved quickly. That way, it doesn't matter how many files you have since you can find the one you want in seconds. If you are an organized person and looking for a way to maintain an organized file library, you must learn about metadata. This article will teach you the basics about metadata and also how to edit PDF metadata.

What is PDF Metadata

Metadata is the group of important information regarding your PDF file. For example, metadata consists of the title, author, subject, keywords, and copyright information. This data is included in a PDF document's searchable fields, which means you may find it using any PDF search tool.

To put it another way, PDF metadata contains additional information and attributes of a PDF document. This will allow you to identify what the PDF is about without opening it, and also, you can search for a PDF by using keywords. PDF metadata is extremely useful. Consider what it would be like if you could only see a website's name in Google without any additional description. This would force you to open it to see what it is about. Isn't that inconvenient? This is precisely what a PDF document's metadata can prevent. It includes additional file information that is necessary for the PDF's identification and accessibility.

How to Edit or Remove Metadata in PDF on Windows and Mac

For Windows and Mac users, Adobe Acrobat is a great PDF metadata viewer and editor. It lets you change a PDF document's properties as well as information.

If you need to modify or create your PDF's metadata, Adobe Reader makes it possible to change the title, subject, author, producer, and keywords in any PDF document. Furthermore, it contains valuable capabilities such as importing and exporting metadata from a file to a PDF and vice versa. In addition to metadata editing features, you can also use Adobe Reader to edit PDF files in many ways. For example, you can use it to edit text properties and even page layouts. 

How to edit and remove metadata in PDF with Adobe Acrobat:

Step 1. Open Adobe Reader. Click on "Choose File" and then "Properties."

Access document properties

Step 2. Click the "Additional Metadata" button in the Description tab.

Access additional metadata

Step 3. Click "Advanced" to display all the metadata in the document.

Step 4. If you want to edit or remove PDF metadata, you can do the following:

  • To add new metadata, click "Append," select an XMP or FFO file on your computer, and click "Open."
  • To edit metadata in your PDF with information stored in an XMP file, click "Replace," and then select a saved XMP or FFO file, and click "Open."
  • To delete metadata, select it and click "Delete."

How to Edit and Strip Metadata from PDF Online

PDF Candy is an online batch PDF metadata editor. It's a specialized software that allows you to edit metadata in a single PDF or many PDF files at once.

To modify the metadata of individual PDF files, you can import folders containing PDF documents or choose individual PDF files. By using its straightforward interface, you are able to customize metadata such as the title, author, subject, keywords, and more. Apart from editing, it can also be used as a PDF metadata viewer to display any PDF data. For instance, you can view action permissions, document statistics, file details, bookmarks, destination, and form fields. 

How to edit and remove metadata in PDF online:

Step 1. Go to the PDF Candy site. Click on "Add File" to upload your PDF file.

Add PDF file

Step 2. Once the PDF file has been uploaded, you will see several meta fields. If you want to edit the existing information, you can do so by writing on the fields. Also, if you want to remove the metadata, you have to erase the information in the meta fields.

Edit metadata fields files online

Step 3. Once you have finished, click on "Apply Changes." Then, download your PDF file.

How to View PDF Metadata with EaseUS PDF Editor

If you need to carry out extensive metadata modification in your PDF files, you can utilize EaseUS PDF Editor. With this program, you can display any PDF document's metadata. Thanks to the simple interface, you can quickly organize your PDF files according to the metadata.

You can also use this Windows PDF editor for plenty of additional editing features. You can also insert and remove images from PDF documents. It also allows you to extract image from PDF and save it in image format. You can modify relevant text and page settings that include font style, size, color, page orientation, margins, and so much more. Likewise, you can use its interesting mark-up tools to highlight PDF and insert notes and comments.

Features:

  • Add or delete the PDF background image
  • Create hyperlinks in the PDFs
  • Use OCR to convert scanned text into editable text
  • Insert password protection into your PDF

Step 1. Next click on the "Open Files" button from the homepage window. A pop up window will open for you to select and import the PDF file into the software. Choose the PDF file and open it on the program.

Import PDF file

Step 2. Now click on the "File" option from the upper menu bar and select "Properties" or directly press the "CTRL + D" button.

Open Metadata window

Step 3. Finally, you will get the PDF metadata window to view PDF metadata easily from the software.

View PDF metadata

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