Delete pages in a PDF document

Jan 20, 2010 - 3 Comments

You can delete specific pages from a PDF file with the built-in Mac Preview app, just select/highlight the page you want to delete and then hit the delete key. This is really useful for paring down large PDF documents if you only need a few select pages, this is bound to make any student or researchers life easier when emailing or printing documents.

delete pages in pdf

In the above screenshot example, I have deleted multiple unnecessary pages within a research PDF document before I printed it, my school charges for each page so reducing the printed page count is particularly valuable. You’ll notice that the PDF page numbers don’t change though, which is both good in that you can quickly identify which pages are missing, and bad if you are hoping the pages would reorder themselves after others were deleted.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in How to, OS X Apps, Tips & Tricks


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  1. reibeca says:

    It’s an awesome trick to delete pages from PDF file, very simple and easy to handle one. But it may be a little lame to delete pages in PDF file in more possible ways. I use a PDFsplitter to split PDF to multiple small files.

  2. jitendra says:


    how to delete in pdf file in 2 page.

  3. Wanda says:

    Awesome tip – worked like a charm!

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