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Sometimes, I place a sign that is off by one letter. This gets really annoying after you show the world and the realize the misspelling. I am too lazy to type the whole thing again.

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  • You should be able to do it with /blockdata – aytimothy Oct 19 '14 at 3:09
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Three ways of doing it:

1. Vanilla Minecraft (1.8) - Command Blocks

You can modify a sign's text in 1.8 using the /blockdata command.

Simply look for the sign you want to edit and get its co-ordinates within the world and:

/blockdata [X] [Y] [Z] {Text1:"Whatever you want in Line 1"}
/blockdata [X] [Y] [Z] {Text2:"Whatever you want in Line 2"}
/blockdata [X] [Y] [Z] {Text3:"Whatever you want in Line 3"}
/blockdata [X] [Y] [Z] {Text4:"Whatever you want in Line 4"}

All the commands will work as long as the text fits on the sign. Of course - The above examples above do not.
Remember, because this is NBT data, you can use json strings in it. See my answer in Can you use json codes on signs in Minecraft? for more details.

You'll need to compound {} the tag again to use json strings.
ie. {Text1:"{text:"text",color:"blue"}"}

Note: Commands may need refining, ie. ~ ~-1 ~ instead of the [X] [Y] [Z]

2. Vanilla Minecraft (1.8) - Don't know how to use Commands

Your only option is to break the sign and type everything all over again.

3. Minecraft Bukkit/Spigot/Whatever (1.7.10 or earilier) - Plugins!

There are numerous Bukkit plugins (from http://plugins.bukkit.org) that you can use.

For @Chantola said:

Proofread your signs before you place them. This is really convenient.

Top results I found are:
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/signeditor/ - Sign Editor
http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/signloc-edit/ - Sign Editor that edits [sign] at [co-ords] http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/sign-editor/ - A definite duplicate of the first one... With an extra added space... And maybe added features?

Drag these into your /plugins folder and restart your server. After (depending on the plugin), do the following:

For SignEditor: Look at your sign and type /edit [Line] [New Text].
For SignLoc-Edit: Give your sign a name then /sle modify [Name] [Line] [Nex Text]

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  • Additionally, age-old Break 'n' Place works too :) – Ben Oct 19 '14 at 3:23
  • Hey! I was still editing. – aytimothy Oct 19 '14 at 3:26
  • Getting ahead of myself clearly. :) – Ben Oct 19 '14 at 13:54
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The only way to change the text is to break the sign and place it again.

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Unfortunately, there are no easy solution to editing signs after they have been placed. Here are your three options:

  1. Proofread your signs before you place them. This is really convenient.

  2. Break the sign and place it again. Hopefully do 1. this time.

  3. Install a mod for editing signs, the bukkit mod can be found here:
    http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/signeditor/

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