Using LibreOffice as a PDF Editor

I have written often about LibreOffice, my favorite word processing software. It also is a full suite of programs, offering spreadsheets (competing with Excel), presentations (competing with PowerPoint), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing). Best of all is the price tag: FREE. You can find my past articles about LibreOffice by starting at:

Writing in the web site, Martin Brinkmann points out that LibreOffice also is a great program for creating, editing, and saving PDF documents. Amongst its capabilities, LibreOffice will allow you to open PDF files obtained from some other source and then you can add, edit or delete text, and even use advanced features such as inserting images, changing the formatting or adding tables. Once you are done editing the document you need to select “export as PDF” from the File menu.

You may not need to edit PDF files frequently but, when you do, it’s nice to know there is a free product that will do the job for you. LibreOffice is available for Windows, Macintosh, and for several versions of Linux.

You can read Martin Brinkmann’s article at:

LibreOffice is available in many different languages free of charge at:


After I got a new computer a few weeks ago, I downloaded Libre office; so far I cannot get it to display the footnotes/endnotes or index for reports generated from my genealogy software.


Can LibreOffice be used to combine separate PDF files into one document? I use the Adobe Pro program at work to combine PDFs of deeds, wills or other court documents I pull off Family Search when they consist of more than one page. That way, I can upload a single file with the complete document to my tree. I’d love to be able to do that at home with a free program (Pro is very expensive and definitely not for causal use).


Thanks for the pointer! I have PDF-based documentation that is in dire need of updating at work, but a previous project to convert the PDFs to Microsoft Word produced some less-than-desirable outcomes. I may very well give this a try!


Bonnie Bossert Belza February 17, 2018 at 9:20 pm

Is there a replacement for Outlook, specifically the contacts? I still run Outlook (not 365) because of the robust Contacts (many more fields than anything else) and it’s ability to sync with phone


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