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How to Delete a Page in PDF in 5 Steps, with Photos

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How to Delete a Page in PDF in 5 Steps, with Photos

Key Points

  • There are free ways to delete a page in a PDF without using Adobe Acrobat.
  • One method is to create a new PDF document with the chosen pages omitted.
  • On a Mac, you can delete pages in a PDF file using the free Preview app.
  • Adobe Acrobat is the recommended program for modifying PDF files, but it is expensive.
  • Adobe Document Cloud is an online tool that allows you to delete pages from a PDF without installing Adobe Acrobat.

PDF files are often seen as intimidating by those who are unfamiliar with them. Unlike Word documents, you cannot modify a PDF without special software. Unfortunately, the main program for modifying PDF files is Adobe Acrobat, which is expensive. The good news is that there are some free ways to delete a page in a PDF.

The steps outlined below work on any computer, including Macs, PCs, and Chromebooks. Additionally, we will briefly cover how you can delete a PDF page on a Mac with its Preview program. One way is not better than another, but using the print-to-PDF function is the easiest. However, those working with PDF files regularly will benefit from purchasing Adobe Acrobat for its added features.

Delete a PDF Page for Free

The first method we will cover is also the easiest, and you can do it on any computer with a compatible web browser or PDF viewer. This method simply creates a new PDF document with the chosen pages omitted. The downside is that it is not very efficient if the file contains a lot of pages that you must sift through.

Step 1: Open the PDF File

Start by locating the PDF file on your computer. Do this through Finder on a Mac or Windows Explorer on a PC. In most cases, you can open the PDF file in the default program. If you have a choice, use a web browser or Acrobat Reader to open the file.

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Find the PDF you want to open using the Windows Explorer search bar.

Step 2: Click the Print Button

Check the document once the file is open to ensure all the pages are present. Then, determine which pages you plan to delete. Finally, click the print button on the page and proceed like you will print the entire document.

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Click the print button as if you plan to print the entire document.

Step 3: Choose Which Pages to Keep

A window should open with all of your printer controls, and this is where you will omit the unneeded pages. Find the section that lets you choose which pages to keep. On a Chrome web browser, it is at the top right of the print window. In Chrome, you would choose “Custom” and then enter all the page numbers you want to keep. You can also use a hyphen to include multiple pages instead of typing each number.

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Enter all the page numbers you want to keep.

Step 4: Print as a PDF

After choosing the pages you want to keep, you need to change the destination from the default printer to “Save as PDF.” The location of this option varies depending on the operating system and program you are using. You may even have to click a button to see more printer options, but there will be a choice to save or print the document as a PDF.

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In the drop-down menu, change the destination from the default printer to Save as PDF.

Step 5: Save the New File

Now that you’ve gotten everything ready, all you have to do is press “Print.” However, the document won’t get sent to an actual printer; instead, it will open a window for you to save the document. Choose a location to save the new document and give it a name. Finish up by clicking the “Save” button.

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Choose a location to save the new document, name it, and then save it.

Delete a PDF Page on a Mac

You can easily delete pages in a PDF file on a Mac by using the free Preview app that is included in macOS. Simply open the PDF file that you want to modify in Preview, and then open the thumbnail view. Do this by clicking on the menu button on the left side of the screen and selecting “Thumbnails” from the dropdown menu.

Next, scroll through the thumbnails in the column until you reach the one you want to delete. Click on it and press the delete key on your keyboard. You can also highlight multiple pages to delete more than one at a time. When you are finished, click “File” in the menu bar and then choose “Save” from the dropdown menu before closing Preview.

Delete a PDF Page with Adobe Acrobat

The proper way to delete a page in a PDF is to modify it with Adobe Acrobat. However, this program is expensive and mainly used by businesses, not everyday computer users. Most people will be able to use the steps above to remove pages, but those who regularly work with PDF files may benefit from Acrobat’s range of features.

To delete a page in a PDF, start by opening the file in Adobe Acrobat. Click “Organize Pages” on the Tools menu on the right side of the screen. All of the pages should now show up as thumbnails. Select each page that you want to remove and click on the trash can icon. Confirm that you wish to delete the pages by clicking “OK.” Finally, save the file before exiting Acrobat.

Delete a PDF Page With Adobe Document Cloud

Another option if you or your employer subscribe to Adobe is Document Cloud. This online tool gives you many of the basic features of Acrobat without having to install the program on your computer. To use Document Cloud, navigate to the Adobe website and upload the document you wish to delete a page from.

Open the document with Adobe in your browser. Next, look at the Tools menu on the right side of the screen and choose “Delete Pages” under Edit. Choose the pages you wish to delete, then click the trash can icon to remove them from the file. Finally, download the file back to your computer and delete it from Adobe Document Cloud if necessary.

PDF vs. Word Document

PDF files are often confused with documents like the ones you can create in Microsoft Word. However, the two are very different, with PDF files essentially being static documents that are difficult to change. In contrast, documents created with a word processor like Word, Google Docs, or Pages are designed to be edited. A good example is typing a report that you don’t want someone to change.

You would create the initial document in Word but save the final version as a PDF file to submit. This ensures that your work is not easily modified and that it displays exactly how you intend. With that in mind, you can edit the text in a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat. However, you can also lock both PDF and Word files to keep others from viewing or editing the document if privacy is a concern.

Wrapping Up

PDF files are often used for business documents, but many people use them to submit forms, reports, and even resumes. Understanding the ins and outs of PDFs is important, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money on Acrobat to start using the file format. Most computer programs allow you to output files as PDFs. This will help secure the documents you create and make you look more professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you modify a PDF in Word?

No, Word does not allow you to modify PDF files. However, some PDF forms do allow you to fill them out in a web browser or a PDF reader. Additionally, you can export a Word document as a PDF file.

What is the purpose of PDF files?

PDF files are used for a range of purposes, including forms that companies do not want people to modify easily. A PDF file is also great because it keeps pages separated, so you don’t have to worry about the format or layout changing when someone opens the file.

Why is Adobe Acrobat expensive?

Adobe products are expensive partially because they have so many features. These features are designed for businesses that can afford a premium software package. This is why Adobe also has the free Acrobat Reader tool that anyone can use.

Can someone edit your PDF file?

It is not possible to modify the body of a PDF file with a standard PDF viewer or even an app like Preview. However, someone can edit your PDF file if they have Adobe Acrobat.

What does printing to a PDF do?

The print-to-PDF function mentioned above is an easy way to store a web page or a document in its original form. All it does is take the page as shown in print-preview and save it as a new PDF file rather than sending it to a printer.

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