How To Split or Merge Multiple PDF Files

May 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm by

3,728 Total Views
acrobat_reader_165x165

Every now and then you may have to split a PDF (portable document format) file you have received or merge many of them into one pdf. Well, if this is something you are faced with, then there is a great free program available to do this, and I use it quite a bit. It’s called PDFill and can be downloaded here. The program is capable of a lot more than just what we are going to do here and I will be doing some other tutorials on some of the other functions at another time. There is also a Professional version available for the PDFill Editor. Unfortunately, you can’t convert a pdf file to Word using this program though. Oh, and unlike a lot of the free programs out there, it won’t leave an annoying watermark, which is great.

I have tested and used this software on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 without any issue. If you are using it with Vista or Windows 7, make sure that Java is installed first and then this program. It requires Java to be present on the machine it’s running on for Vista and 7. You can download Java from here, but you should already have it installed. If you are unsure, either check to see in your Control Panel or use this link and click Verify Java.

Note: If you are using Vista or Windows 7, right click on the program when you have downloaded it and select Run as administrator. If you are using XP just double click on it as you normally would.

Once you have downloaded the program, open the PDFill PDF Tools short cut that will be on your desktop, or just go Start>All Programs>PDFill>PDFill PDF Tools, and you will see the main window:

 

Now, for the sake of this tutorial let’s say that you want to split one PDF that is anywhere between three to thirty pages (I’m not sure what the upper limit is) and reorder the way in which the pages appear (eg page 4 should be first and page 15 should be page 7) or you just wanted to split the multi-page pdf into separate single pages, or merge multiple PDFs together.

Note: It’s best to have the PDF that you are going to work on in it’s own separate folder as this will make things less confusing if you are splitting a PDF with a lot of pages.

Lets deal with splitting the PDF into single pages first. In the main screen, select Split or Reorder Pages and navigate to the folder (or desktop) where the file is located. Select the PDF and press Open


 

This will then present you with the next window:

 

In the top section Select Pages From selects the range of pages you wish to split up. For myself, I wanted each page separated into it’s own pdf file. The original pdf file was five pages long, so I split from 1 (first page) to 5 (last page) and checked the Extract Pages as Separate Files box. Now click Save As at the bottom and name it something like split or whatever you wish, and press Save


 

I saved it with the name Split. It will then output the split pdf files in numerical order, prefixed with the word split as shown below:

Now let’s have a look at how to join/merge multiple pdf files into one single PDF

Have the multiple PDFs in their own folder (eg Desktop) so that you can easily grab them all at once. Now start up the PDFill PDF Tools and from the main window select Merge PDF Files


 

This will open the next window as shown below:

 

Now drag’n’drop the PDFs that you wish to merge together into the program window. They may be out of order, so re-order them starting from the top to the bottom by highlighting the page (PDF file) that you want in a different order and use the Move Up or Move Down buttons on the right to re-order if needed.

 

When ready, press Save As which will open the next window as shown below:

 

Give your soon-to-be merged PDF a name (I called mine merged) and press Save The file will be automatically saved into the same file as where the split PDFs were and the newly created PDF will automatically open.

I hope this has helped. If there are any questions or comments, please leave them below.

© 2011 TheGift73

Filed under Software
Tagged , , , , , , .