How to Extract Pages from a PDF Document to Create a New PDF Document

How to Extract Pages from a PDF Document to Create a New PDF Document


Sometimes you don’t need everything in that massive report, or maybe it’s so big it won’t even fit on your thumb drive. Perhaps there are only half dozen pages that are of actual interest, so the best thing to do is simply save them as their own file. We’ll show you a couple ways to do it, and leave that hefty file behind for a sleeker, slimmer PDF. Here’s how to do it!


Acrobat Professional on PC or Mac

  1. 1

    Launch Adobe Acrobat Professional. Open the document whose pages you want to extract.

  2. 2

    Click the Pages tab to the left of the Acrobat document window. The Pages pane is displayed, showing thumbnail images of the pages in the document.

  3. 3

    Set up your pages. In the Pages pane, drag the thumbnail images of the pages you want to extract so that they appear sequentially.

    • For example, to extract the first and the third pages of a document, drag the thumbnail image of the third page upwards until a blue bar appears above the thumbnail image of the second page. The blue bar indicates the new position of the third page when the image is released.
    • Release the image to place the first and the third pages sequentially. The page you have shifted is now the second page of the document.
  4. 4

    On the Document menu, point to click the Pages icon, then select Extract. Alternately, you can right-click on any of the selected pages for the same menu.

    • The Extract Pages’ dialog box is displayed.
  5. 5

    Set the page range. If the page range showing in the Extract Pages dialog is not correct, enter the correct page range of the pages you want to extract.

  6. 6

    Adjust your settings. To delete the extracted pages from the original document after extraction, select the “Delete Pages After Extracting” check box.

    • Click “Extract Pages As Separate Files” to create a new file for every page you’re extracting. Leave it unchecked to keep all extracted pages in one new file.
  7. 7

    Click OK. Acrobat extracts the specified pages into a new PDF document.

  8. 8

    Save and close the new document. You’ll be able to change the name and location, and then return to the original document. Choose Save to automatically save as a PDF file, orSave As…” to choose from a variety of options, including PDF, PNG, JPEG, Word document, and many more.

  9. 9

    Clean up your original file. If you have chosen not to delete the extracted pages from the original document, and want to revert the order of the shifted pages,click Revert on the File menu. Otherwise, save your edited PDF as you normally would.


Preview on the Macintosh

  1. 1

    Launch Preview. Open the document whose pages you want to extract, then click the Thumbnail button at the top of the window. The thumbnail tray will slide out, showing you the pages in your document.

  2. 2

    Set up your pages. If you have non-contiguous pages you wish to extract to a single file, drag the pages together so they are contiguous, in the order you wish them to appear in the new document. Optionally, you can shift-click to select all the pages you want to extract.

  3. 3

    From the File menu, select Print. In the print dialog, enter a page range you wish to print. If you’ve selected the pages you want to print in the sidebar, simply choose “Selected Pages” in Sidebar.

  4. 4

    Print to PDF. At the bottom left of the print dialog, click the PDF button, then select Save as PDF…”

  5. 5

    Name your file. Navigate to the location where you wish to save the file, give it a name, and save it. That’s it!


SmallPDF Online Tool (all platforms)

  1. 1

    Use your favorite browser to visit

  2. 2

    Choose the documents you want to extract pages from.
    Drag-and-drop your PDF (or multiple PDF files) into the drop area on the site.

  3. 3

    Edit you files and rearrange the order.
    Switch to the “Page mode” (2.) on the site. Then you are able to see the single pages. In the area underneath each picture you find (right) the number of the document (move your cursor over the the number to see the title) and on the left side the page number. Now you can rearrange the order and choose the pages you’d like to extract and remove the remaining ones by clicking the X-symbol in the corner of an image.

  4. 4

    Merge PDF.
    When you are done and the upload is completed you can create the final PDF by pressing the button below the preview area. A new PDF file will be created, automatically downloaded and you can find it in the download folder of your browser.


Use Freeware

  1. 1

    Acquire an application. Extracting PDFs may not be something you do very often, and you may not need the power of Acrobat Pro. The best course is to simply pick up a freeware PDF printing application. Here are some things to keep in mind:

    • Verify that your PDF printer works with your operating system.
    • To extract pages by printing, follow the steps outlined in the Macintosh method above. The dialogs won’t be the same, but the general workflow will be: select the pages, set the page range to print, and print to a PDF file.

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