How to Combine PDF Files On A Mac (MacOS Catalina)

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Unlike windows mac os comes with high powered pdf tools built in provided by the mac os finder and by the deceptively modest looking preview app starting with mac os catalina switch to gallery view from the finder toolbar or the top line view menu next hold down the command key and select the files you want to combine click each file in the order that you want the files to appear in the combined pdf when you select more than one file a create pdf button appears in the inspector panel at the right click on it and finder will create a new

Pdf in the same folder containing all the pdfs that you selected even better you can select multiple images like png tiff and jpeg files instead of existing pdf files and use the same technique to combine them into pdf files you can use the same method to combine image files and pdfs too if the combined pdf file that you created from the finder doesn't have its pages in the order that you want them that's easy to fix simply double-click the pdf to open it in the preview app

If thumbnails aren't visible in previews sidebar go to the view menu to switch them on and then drag your thumbnails up and down the sidebar and the order that you want the preview app offers the same pdf combining powers as the finder and can be easier to use for complex tasks to combine two or more pdf files in the preview start by making a copy of one of the files and work with the duplicate this is an essential precaution because preview saves the file as you work

And if the results aren't what you want you'll need to do some fancy footwork to get back the original file open the duplicate file next simply drag additional pdf files into the sidebar and drop them at the position in the file where you want them to be at the start or end or between any two existing pages if you get the location wrong you can drag one or more thumbnails to the correct location and you can delete any pages that you don't want what if you only want to merge a few pages from a second pdf file

Open that file in another pdf window and drag the thumbnails that you want into your first pdf file as always in mac os you can shift-click to select a continuous range of pages or command-clicked on multiple pages to select pages from anywhere in the file if some pages get imported in the wrong orientation use previews toolbar to rotate them sometimes preview acts in seemingly unpredictable ways when saving a file so when you have the combined pages arranged as you want them choose file then export to pdf

And save the merged pdf under its own name you can also choose file close and follow the prompts to save the merged file under the name of the file you started with but it's safe is to use the export to pdf option to find out more about merging pdfs involving other file types such as excel word and html as well as combining pdfs on windows read the full article at

How to Combine PDF Files On A Mac (MacOS Catalina)

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