How to resize pages in a PDF file

Learn how to use the crop tool to resize PDF pages using Acrobat XI.

By November 14, 2013


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How to resize pages in a PDF file

Donna BakerNovember 14, 2013

  1. Open the document with pages you want to resize by cropping, and click the Page Thumbnails tab. Resize the panel’s width and thumbnail size as needed.
  2. To check a page’s size, click the thumbnail to display the page. Move your mouse to the bottom left of the document window to see dimensions in a tooltip or on the status bar.
  3. Select a page to crop in the Page Thumbnails pane, and click Crop Pages from the Options dropdown.
  4. Choose a measurement unit, and choose CropBox from the Margin Controls section.
  5. Click the Fixed Sizes radio button, then choose an option from the Page Sizes dropdown list, such as Letter.You can increase the page size to make room for additional content but can’t shrink the page content to fit a smaller page size.
  6. Review the page layout in the Preview area, which also shows the new page size.
  7. Specify the pages to resize in the Page Range area and click OK.
  8. In the Page Thumbnails panel, review the modified pages.
  9. Move your mouse over the document window to see the modified page size shown in a tooltip or on the status bar.

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Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-07-13 13, 2014

Hi Saskia Young,

Do you see a security lock in the left-hand navigation pane on this particular file? Perhaps security has been set to disallow changes.


Saskia Young

1, 2014-07-10 10, 2014

I’m attempting to crop the pages of a pdf from 8.5x11 to 5.5x8.5 but keep getting a ‘cannot change page size’ error. Help.

Lori Kassuba

4, 2013-12-26 26, 2013

Hi Kim Lowry,

Here is how you would go about doing this in Acrobat Std:


Kim Lowry

2, 2013-12-24 24, 2013

Step 4 with the “Apply To” option box & instruction to choose “Crop Box” is NOT an option on Adobe XI standard program. I need to resize the pages in my PDF. Any other instructions possible to assist me in my goal?

Lori Kassuba

3, 2013-12-19 19, 2013

Hi Seppo Alanen,

Acrobat Std. does not ship with the oversized pages you’re looking for (only Pro. does) but you can create them as discussed in this thread:


Seppo Alanen

3, 2013-12-18 18, 2013

My problem is “Default Page Size” Ratio (X/Y) who is different between US versus European “paper sizes”.
In Acrobat XI-Pro have not any way for Default Ratio setting, it gets 11” x 8.5” what ever I do. 99% I’m creating PDFs from DXF-files.

In “..\ProgramData\Adobe\Adobe PDF\Settings\” have xxx.jobopitions files which are under “SYSTEM USER”, so I can’t change the Page Size, Acrobat gets Default Page Size from there, I think?

I have changed all Registry Bath off from there to my bath where are changed Page Sizes, but that is not help. 

Also, Acrobat is “printer” oriented. To day we don’t print documents, we are using computers only.

Can they add “Set Default Page Size property” to Acrobat?

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