How To Change Color In PDF: Use These Methods To Change Background Or Text Color On Mac Or PC

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PDF is the most used format for sharing documents online. It is simply due to the fact that it’s highly editable and can be used on any platform be it Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. By editable we mean that a PDF file unless protected by the owner, can be customized by anyone as per their requirements. If you have received or downloaded a PDF file and don’t like the font or background color of it then you can simply change them as per your likings. However, if you don’t know how to do that, then you can take the help of this step-by-step guide.

You can follow these methods on Windows PC or Mac.

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Change Background Color

Adobe Reader is the best tool to view or edit a PDF file and you can use it to change the color in PDF as well. However, if you don’t have Adobe Reader installed on your computer then you can use another method mentioned below to change the PDF background color.

Using Adobe Reader

1. Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader. Now, select the Edit option from the toolbar.

PDF file in Adobe reader

2. From the Edit menu select Preferences…

Prefrence option

You can also press Ctrl+K to go to preferences.

3. On the new tab, select Accessibility from the left side panel. Then select the Replace Document Colors and change the Page Background to a color of your choice. At last, click on Ok to save the changes.

change background color in PDF

4. Once you do that, you will see that the background color of the PDF is changed to a color of your choice.

PDF background Color changed

So, this is how you can use the Adobe Reader to change the background color of the PDF. However, you can also use the following workaround for the same.

Change PDF Color Without Adobe Reader

1. For this workaround, you will first need to convert your PDF file into a word document. For that, you can go to

2. Here upload your PDF file. It will get converted to a Doc and then click on Download to save the converted file.

PDF to Word

3. Open the converted Doc file in Microsoft word and click on Design at the top. Now select the Page color from the right side on the toolbar. You can now choose a color for the background from the color box.

select the background color

Note: This method works on Microsoft Word version 2013 and 2016. For Word 2007 and 2010 you can select Page Layout at the top and then select Page color to change the background.

4. Now save the file by pressing Ctrl+S or by clicking on the disk icon at the top left corner.

save the file

5. Once the background is changed in the doc file, you need to change it back to the PDF format. For that, visit Hipdf. Now, upload the file and convert it back to PDF. Once the file is converted, download it.

Word to PDF

6. Open the downloaded PDF file and you will see that the background color is changed.

Background changed in PDF

So this is how you can change the background on PDF without Adobe Reader. Now let’s learn how to change the color of the text on PDF.

Change Text Color On PDF

Similar to the background color, you can use the Adobe Reader to change the font/text color in PDF. Moreover, you can also use an online tool to get the job done.

Using Adobe Reader

1. Open the PDF file in Adobe and go to Edit > Preferences… from the toolbar at the top.

Edit PDF

2. Now, from the left side select Accessibility. After that, check the box saying Replace Document Colors. Doing so will open new options. Select the Document Text from these options. Choose your favorite color from the color box and then finally click on the OK button to save the changes.

change text color in PDF on Mac

3. As you do that, you will see that the PDF text or font is changed in the desired color.

changed PDF text color

Note: You can only change the font color of one page at a time.

Change Text Color Using Online Tool

This tool works fine on both computers and mobile phone browsers. So you can use any device to use this online tool. Using it, you can set a different color to text on the same page, unlike Adobe Reader where complete text on the page gets the same color.

1. On your browser go to and click on Upload PDF File. Now browse your device for the file and select Open once you find it.

upload pdf

2. Your file is uploaded and is ready to edit. Make sure the Text option is selected on the top.

Select Text

3. Now move your mouse cursor over the PDF line by line. Left-click on any line to change its color. As you do that, a quick menu will appear with few options. Click on Color and then choose your favorite color from the box.

Change the text color online

4. You will see that the color of the line is changed accordingly.

Changed color

5. You can repeat the previous steps to change the text color of the entire PDF. Once you are done with changing text color, you can then click on Apply Changes to save your file.

Apply changes

6. Next, click on the Download button to download your file on your computer.

Download the file

With this, you have successfully changed the text color in your PDF file.

Also Read: How To Compress PDF Files


A PDF file contains so much information but due to its plain white background and black text, it’s boring to read. But after reading this article we hope you will be able to change the text and background color in a PDF file to your favorite color with ease. And that too for free.

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  • Ankit Prasad

    Ankit is a tech enthusiast and loves to write. He is also very keen on gadgets and smartphones. Likes to read tech blogs and gain as much knowledge as he can.

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Ankit Prasad

Ankit is a tech enthusiast and loves to write. He is also very keen on gadgets and smartphones. Likes to read tech blogs and gain as much knowledge as he can.

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