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Separate PDF Pages in 4 Different Ways on Mac (OS Sierra Included)

2016-09-21 11:14:02 / Posted byRosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

Are you looking for a way to separate PDF pages into several small ones so that you can send your business plans or other large documents through email? On Mac there are many different ways one can use to separate PDF pages. This article will examine the use of a few of these – Preview, PDFToolkit, Adobe Acrobat, and Google Chrome.

Option 1: Use Preview to Separate PDF Pages

With Mac built-in Preview app, you can Separate PDF file into multiple PDF files without downloading any third-party software. Follow the steps below for separating PDF files on Mac:

  1. Open the file in Preview.
  2. Display the sidebar if it’s not already displayed, then choose the Thumbnails option at the bottom of the sidebar.
  3. Copy the thumbnails in Preview's sidebar, then choose File > New From Clipboard to paste them into a new Preview document.

  1. In the sidebar, select the thumbnails for your desired pages (Shift-click for consecutive pages or Command-click if they’re not next to each other), press Command-C to copy those pages, then press Command-N or go to File > New From Clipboard to paste those pages into a new Preview document. Save that new document in the normal fashion, and it’s ready for emailing.

Option 2: Use Google Chrome to Separate PDF Pages

If you have Google Chrome installed on your Mac, you can follow the steps below to split a PDF document to multiple PDF files.

  1. You first need to check if you have enabled PDF Viewer in Chrome. Head to the Omnibox and type: chrome://plugins

If you see ‘Disable’ as a link under Chrome PDF Viewer, it’s already switched on. If you see ‘Enable’, click that and restart the browser.

  1. Open the file in Chrome PDF Viewer and take your mouse to the bottom-right corner. A toolbar will show up with options to fit the page horizontally or vertically, zoom in and out, save the PDF and click the last icon, i.e. Print Options.
  2. From the print dialogue, change the destination to ‘Save as PDF’ option.
  3. In the pages section of the print dialogue, choose the second option and type the numbers of the pages you want in the new document, separating them by commas and specifying ranges with a dash.

  1. Click the Save button and download a new PDF to your hard drive which has only the pages you want.

Option 3: Use Adobe Acrobat to Separate PDF Pages

If you have already installed Adobe Acrobat on your Mac, you can use this program to separate a PDF file into several PDF documents. Follow the steps below:

  1. open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro (or Stand).
  2. In the top menu choose Document - Pages - Extract.

  1. In the Extract Pages dialog box input the page range you wish to extract and place a check mark next to Extract Pages As Separate Files. Next click OK.

  1. Go to click File - Save As, then give a name to the new PDF and specify a location where you want to save the splitted PDF files.

Option 4: Use PDFToolkit to Separate PDF Pages

Cisdem PDFToolkit also comes with the ability to separate PDF document into smaller ones. You may choose to split PDF by Page, by pages to keep, or split by pages to remove. It is much easier than using the Preview, Google Chrome and much cheaper than Adobe Acrobat. It comes with the free trial version allowing you to judge its functions.

  1. Download and install Cisdem PDF Toolkit for Mac. Run it.
  2. Navigate to the “Split” section and add PDF with drag-n-drop.
  3. In the right panel choose to split PDF by Page, by pages to keep, or split by pages to remove.
  4. Click the “Split” button to start separating PDF pages on Mac.

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1 Responses

  • Esther

    I prefer to Preview and Toolkit. Preview is free, Toolkit is paid but worked amazing.

    2 months ago REPLY

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