How to combine multiple file types into one PDF using Acrobat XI

Learn how to merge PDF or combine PDF to create an online portfolio.

By September 7, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to merge PDF or combine PDF to create an online portfolio. Learn how to create an online portfolio by using the new drag-and-drop features in Acrobat XI to preview and arrange multiple documents and pages to merge PDF.

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How to combine multiple file types into one PDF using Acrobat XI

Ali HanyalogluSeptember 7, 2012

There are many occasions when you will need to take different pages from different files and arrange them into a single PDF document. Acrobat XI now makes that task faster and easier than ever. Let me show you how. In Acrobat XI, I am going to choose the combine files into PDF command. This will open the combine files dialogue box, where I can add files from various locations. Here, I am going to choose a number of different files and different formats to merge together. The new thumbnail preview will allow me to look at the files before I bring them together. And working with them is just like working with presentation slides. I can go ahead and arrange this file to be the first one. And I can work with pages contained within the files too. I don't need these last two slides here, so I will remove them from the resulting PDF document. I can also bring this spreadsheet file in the middle of the presentation file. I will then go ahead and click combine files.Let's take a look at the resulting PDF file. It contains all the pages I need in exactly the right order.Thanks to Acrobat XI communicating more effectively is easier than ever with a single, clear, well-organized PDF file.


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8 comments

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Lori Kassuba

2, 2015-04-13 13, 2015

Hi Gary Greene,

You can find all the updates for Acrobat 9 here:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/9.x/

Or, try running the Check for Updates command under the Help menu.
Thanks,
Lori

Lori Kassuba

11, 2015-03-26 26, 2015

Hi Gary Greene,

Do you have all the point updates for Acrobat 9 installed? Acrobat support for Windows 7 didn’t start until at least the 9.2 update.

Thanks,
Lori

Gary Greene

8, 2015-03-24 24, 2015

I have Acrobat Adobe 9 Std, I am using Office 10, and Windows 7. Merging files into one pdf was simple until I upgraded to Windows 7. Now I can merge 3 pdf file into one pdf file but the content of one of the templates missing. Lets say I have 3 pages to a template, when I combine 3 pdf file templates, the content of one of the templates is missing. The pages are there but the pages are blank….UGH

Lori Kassuba

8, 2014-08-22 22, 2014

Hi Pedro Barbosa,

Please post your question here and select the JavaScript category so our experts can help you:
http://answers.acrobatusers.com/AskQuestion.aspx

Thanks,
Lori

Pedro Barbosa

4, 2014-08-19 19, 2014

Thanks Lori
The JavaScript is only solution that I can work. It’s possible send to me an example of this selection? I have the pattern in txt file. For each line of this file I want combine the files start with same pattern in one.

Lori Kassuba

4, 2014-08-19 19, 2014

Hi Pedro Barbosa,

You could probably do this using JavaScript but you’d need to be able to program the pattern.

Alternatively, you could use the Combine Files dialog using the List View. This will allow you to see all files starting in 001 and just delete the one that doesn’t match.

Thanks,
Lori

Pedro Barbosa

4, 2014-08-17 17, 2014

I have a folder with many pdf files all have a key at the beginning. How can I combine for each key. Example: 111_o.pdf 111_p.pdf combine to 111_join.pdf ... it’s possible? I have 5 files with same key or only one withe other different key.

Lori Kassuba

3, 2014-05-30 30, 2014

Hi Antoinette Pienaar,

Try running the Repair Acrobat Installation from under the Help menu to see if it corrects the problem.

Thanks,
Lori

Antoinette Pienaar

6, 2014-05-29 29, 2014

I am able to drag and drop once i have put the email onto my desktop, however it says the following:
“Acrobat does not support the conversion of one or more of your files to PDF.  Please remove these files or go to Settings and choose the PDF Portfolio option”

Please help!!!

Antoinette

5, 2014-05-29 29, 2014

Thanks guys, i have tried all the suggestions but this PC/program is stuborn
:(

Lori Kassuba

1, 2014-05-27 27, 2014

Hi Antoinette,

Trying running the Repair Acrobat command from under the Help menu. If this doesn’t correct the problem, make sure you have all the latest point updates. Third, you can try doing a repair of your Office installation.

Thanks,
Lori

Antoinette

5, 2014-05-27 27, 2014

i have been using this method for a while and i have never had a problem until now.  I wont allow me to drag and drop my emails into the box and if it does it talks about chaning the setting, which also has not helped.  could anyone please help!

Lori Kassuba

1, 2013-04-25 25, 2013

Hi Robert,

Do you already have the files open somewhere? If so, try closing them first. I’ve experienced this error using the combine command before on PPTX files but not other file types. Also, make sure you have the latest updates for Acrobat installed.
To insert other files, you can use the commands under the Tools pane > Pages panel.

Thanks,
Lori

Robert Waite

12, 2013-04-22 22, 2013

I can get the merged file complete with no problem.  However:  When I save it I get all these repeat Pop Ups asking the same question Do you want to save ......If I click Yes it keeps asking the same question..  What am I doing wrong?  One More question:  Once I establish a merged file How do I add to it and which command do I use to add another file to the front or to the back or in the middle?  I have a big problem with saving.  Please Help Me.  Thanks

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