How to insert a PDF file into another PDF file using Acrobat X or XI

Learn how to add content directly from your clipboard, a scanner, a web page, or a blank page.

By December 13, 2011


In this tutorial, learn how to insert a PDF file into another PDF file using Adobe Acrobat X or XI. Also, learn how to add content directly from your clipboard, a scanner, a web page, or a blank page.

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How to insert a PDF file into another PDF file using Acrobat X or XI

Lori KassubaDecember 13, 2011

It’s very easy to insert a PDF into another PDF using Adobe Acrobat X Std. or Pro. To do this, open one of the PDF files you want to combine, like the file I have open here. Then click on the Tools pane, Pages panel, and select the Insert from File command. This particular command allows you to select one or more PDFs to insert into your existing PDF document. This same dialog also allows you to insert other types of documents like Microsoft Word or Excel files. In this case I’m going to select both a Word file and a PDF file, at the same time, to insert into this open document. After you click the Select button, you can specify the location your file is inserted into the existing PDF. And then after you click OK in the Insert Pages dialog, your file will be converted to PDF, if it was in another format, and then combined into the existing document. To view, I'm going to open up the Page Thumbnails Navigation Pane and take a look at the new files that were added to the end of this particular document. Using the More Insert Options command in the Pages panel, it’s also possible to add content directly from your clipboard, scanner, a web page, or even a blank page.

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3 weeks ago

It’s very useful.Thank you very much.

I combined 289 pages, and it’s now one pdf.

Thank you

Lori Kassuba

3, 2015-04-29 29, 2015

Hi Michael,

You can use the Replace pages command in Acrobat to do this.



10, 2015-04-28 28, 2015

I would like to insert a pdf over another pdf, will acrobat do this?


Lori Kassuba

2, 2014-07-21 21, 2014

Hi Namita,

The Pages navigation pane is found in Acrobat and not the free Reader. If you only have the free Reader, you can subscribe to the PDF Pack service to combine files or download a 30-day trial of Acrobat XI Pro.



11, 2014-07-18 18, 2014

Hi Lori,

I need to assemble all my pdf files into one to send to a University for PhD application. I don’t seem to have the ‘Pages’ option under tools. Does this have to do with the Adobe version I have? Can I get a pro version somewhere online?


Lori Kassuba

1, 2014-05-27 27, 2014

Hi Vishnu,

You can use the link tool to add a link to an Excel file but you’ll need to make the Excel available to your recipient. One way to do this is to upload the Excel file to the free service and share the file. Then, create a link to the shared file using the link tool in Acrobat.



7, 2014-05-27 27, 2014

How to add a link in a PDF document to open an excel sheet?  Please note that only the PDF has to be sent to another party. When the user clicks the link, the excel sheet must be opened.

Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-01-13 13, 2014

Hi Shobna Persaud,

You can use the Attachments navigation panel (this is the paperclip icon on the left side) to add file attachments in Acrobat not the free Reader.
Or, if you only have the free Reader (only version X), you can use the Attach File command located under the Comment pane > Annotations panel to attached your PDF.


Shobna Persaud

3, 2014-01-09 09, 2014

How to embed a pdf file into another pdf?

Nitin Pawar

12, 2013-11-28 28, 2013

I have an issue where when I insert one PDF page into existing PDF file, its shows in small view but print is coming what I will do to show this extra page same as existing one..

Lori Kassuba

10, 2013-05-16 16, 2013

Hi Chris,

Are you using Acrobat or Reader? Only Acrobat allows you to insert and rearrange pages.



12, 2013-05-10 10, 2013

I just allowed my computer to do an auto-update and can no longer insert a pdf file into another pdf file (which I do a lot of). Like Kelsie above, I don’t have a “pages” panel under “tools.” Am I missing something? Thanks!


12, 2013-05-10 10, 2013

I just allowed my computer to make an auto-update and can no longer insert pdf files into other pdff files (which I do a lot of). I have watched tutorials and am like Kelsie - I don’t have a “pages” panel under “tools.” I can’t find it with your response to her either. Am I missing something? Thank you!

Lori Kassuba

12, 2013-05-06 06, 2013

Hi S.T.,
You need Acrobat to do this. Or, you only have the free Reader you could use the Create PDF service:



2, 2013-05-05 05, 2013

How do I add a title page-pdf, to another text file-pdf?

I want to insert the title page before the text pdf file.

I have adobe Reader 9…thanks S.T.


8, 2012-01-19 19, 2012

Why don’t I have a “Pages” panel on my Tools menu? Is there any other way I can add a PDF to an another PDF?

Your Pages panel might be closed. You can open by going to the tiny flyout menu in the top right corner under the words for Share pane.

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