How to break a PDF into parts using Acrobat X or XI

Learn how to edit a PDF by breaking a single PDF file into multiple PDF documents.

By December 13, 2011

 



In this tutorial, learn how to edit PDF by breaking a single PDF file into multiple PDF documents using Acrobat X or XI. Have you ever needed to break a PDF into parts or separate files? Perhaps you only need to email a few pages to someone instead of the entire file. You can easily break up a PDF document by following a few simple steps using Acrobat X or Acrobat XI Std or Acrobat Pro.

First, open the PDF file that you want to break into different parts. Click on the Tools pane, Pages panel and select the Split Document command. The Split Document dialog allows you to control the split by the number of pages in a file, file size, or by top-level bookmarks. So, let’s say I’d like to split my document into 3 page increments, so I’ll select 3 pages in the Max. pages entry. And the Output Options allow you to control where the files are saved on your system, and how the files will be named. You can also specify if you want to overwrite any existing files. When I click OK, the pages are broken into different files and the original file is left unchanged. Here is a preview in Windows Explorer of all the files that have been split from the original file. Each one is named according to your selected output options.

In the Windows version only of Acrobat, you can also split apart one or more PDFs with no document open. Simply select the Apply to Multiple command in the Split Document dialog and add the files or folders to be split, and click OK.


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