In general, PDF files are a kind of “official documents on-line", so knowing how to convert them to a file format and vice versa is an important professional skill. Another equally important thing is to know how to organize multiple PDF files in a single document, which is what we want to talk to you about now: how to combine PDF files, it doesn't matter if you use a Windows or MacOS computer. We will also analyze some alternatives on-line, those who, regardless of what platform you are in, will do all the work for you.
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The Windows method
Being one of the best PDF readers and editors in the world, it is good to know how to use Adobe Acrobat to combine PDF files. The only disadvantage of Acrobat DC is that it is a software premium, which means you should pay for the privilege of using it.
Fortunately, there is a free trial version that allows you to try it, and it is very useful if you only need to combine a couple of PDF files only once, once or if you plan to do so in the near future. For the rest, there are plenty of alternatives on the web that will be more than enough for you.
Step 1: Download and install the free trial version of Adobe Acrobat DC.
Step 2: Once installed, open the software and click on the “Tools” tab in the upper left corner.
Step 3: click on the “Merge files” button.
Step 4: Click on the blue “Add files” button and select the PDF documents you want to combine. It should be noted that this method works for all types of files, not just PDF files.
Step 5: With your PDF files selected, click on the blue “Merge” button in the upper right corner.
Step 6: Your PDF files have now been merged into one. All you need to do is save it in a new location, by clicking on "File" followed by "Save As", and then selecting a name and location for this new combined file.
If you don't like the idea of using Adobe software or its trial version, there are many third-party options that you can consider, all specially designed for Windows. An economical and effective option is Perfect PDF Combine, which can be very useful if you combine many PDF files and want an application dedicated exclusively to it.
Alternatively, check out some of the online options that we will show you later in this guide. All of these are free and equally effective for combining PDF files.
The macOS method
Previous versions and the latest version of macOS from High Sierrate allow you to use Preview or Preview to combine PDF files whenever you know what you are doing. It is a fairly organic process, which you should be able to handle quickly, especially if you follow our method step by step.
Step 1: Open Finder and select all the PDF files you want to combine.
Step 2: Once you have selected the files you want to combine, the Finder window shows a preview of the files with a Create PDF button below. Select it and a new PDF will be created for you.
Step 3: Then you can open the newly created file with Preview. The order of the pages can be changed simply by dragging and dropping the thumbnails of the pages on the left side. You can also annotate or rotate pages as necessary.
Step 4: Once you're done, be sure to rename the newly merged file so you know what it is. Select File> Rename to do this.
The web method
There are dozens of free tools on the web that allow you to merge PDF files. If you need to merge files quickly and quickly, this may be the best option, since these programs do not really care where their PDF files come from or where they are going, and do not require the installation of any additional programs. However, they tend to have somewhat strict size limits.
We talk to you about these tools on-line then Just keep in mind that, basically, they all do the same. If you encounter formatting problems in any of them, then try another.
- PDFMerge: If you open PDFMerge you will see a simple window with bars to drag and drop several PDF files. You can choose up to four files at once and add more files as needed. The software gives you a fairly simple option to combine them. However, keep in mind that the service is only free if the documents weigh 15 MB or less, which is comparatively low. After this, ask you to pay, so too large brochures are probably out of the question.
- PDF Joiner: This tool is ideal for all types of file format changes. S: You can combine PDF files, but you can also change your combined document to a text or JPG file (or vice versa). If you try to condense many different formats into one, this tool works as a great alternative. However, the software only allows you to work with 20 files at a time.
- Smallpdf: The good reputation of Smallpdf is because it is easy to download files directly from Dropbox or Google Drive, so you do not have to waste time loading the files, if you already did it before. That's great for collaborative projects, and in general, the Smallpdf merger tool makes enough merits to be a more professional option. The software is safe, and allows you to preview your new PDF document as you create it. This is definitely a great option for the work-related combination. Options for converting and splitting are also available, as is a Chrome extension and a desktop application. A marvel.
- Foxyutils Merge PDF: Foxyutil offers an extra incentive here. If you combine your PDF files, you will help sponsor a tree planting project. That is great for green companies. Too bad, the maximum file size is limited to 50 MB.
* Updated on January 3, 2020 by Daniel Matus.