Extracting pages from a PDF

Learn how to extract pages from a PDF file and how to combine PDF in Acrobat XI.

By October 24, 2013


In this tutorial, learn how to extract pages from one document and combine them in a separate PDF in Acrobat XI. One method uses the Page Thumbnails panel dropdown menu and the second is by selecting the specific page thumbnails.

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Acrobat XI ProAcrobat XI Standard

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Lori Kassuba

2 weeks ago

Hi Tony,

Yes, those features are part of the Standard version. Here is a link to a comparison of the features in Std. and Pro. for your reference:



2 weeks ago


Is the extraction functionality available in Acrobat XI standard?
I need to be able combine PDF pages, extract pages and edit pages, is Acrobat XI standard sufficient for this?


Lori Kassuba

11, 2014-06-25 25, 2014

Hi Craig RIches,

If you’re running Acrobat in Windows, you can select the non-sequential pages and drag them to your Windows desktop. This will create a single PDF of the extracted pages. Or, you can use the Combine dialog and just delete the pages you don’t want.


Craig RIches

8, 2014-06-25 25, 2014

you mention in your video that for non-sequential pages you can just hold down CMD or CTRL and highlight the other pages you want. However, whilst it will highlight the pages as selected, when selecting Extract Pages it defaults to selecting every page in that range (even the ones you have missed out) so you cant select and extract non sequential pages using this method as far as i can see. Only sequential ones. This is crazy that Adobe has not built in the ability to do this! There is of course a work around by repeatedly selecting around the pages you dont want and then having to compile those selections later. Complete pain!

Lori Kassuba

3, 2014-05-30 30, 2014

Hi Valerie Robbins,

If you open the Pages Thumbnail navigation pane, you can just drag a thumbnail from one PDF to the other without using the extract command first. If you want to permanently remove the file from the first document, hold down the Ctrl key or Opt key on the Mac and drag into the other file.


Valerie Robbins

11, 2014-05-29 29, 2014

I have used this feature before but where it falls short is when I want to extract a page from one file and “paste” into another open pdf file without having to save it as a document first.  Having to save it, I then have to delete the other document after I import it into the second file. Time-consuming.

Lori Kassuba

2, 2014-05-28 28, 2014

Hi Sabine Cheneviere,

Page extraction has never been part of the free Adobe Reader.


Sabine Cheneviere

1, 2014-05-27 27, 2014

Not anymore in the classic free Acrobat reader….very bad change :-(

Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-05-09 09, 2014

Hi Jackie Hobbins,

This feature is only available in Acrobat and not the free Adobe Reader.


Jackie Hobbins

6, 2014-05-05 05, 2014

the only options I have in thumbnail are to print reduce or enlarge the size of thumbnails. I don’t have an option to extract pages

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