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

Rosa Reyes
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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? There are many different ways one can use to separate PDF pages on mac. This article will introduce these solutions in detail.

Separate PDF Pages on Mac with All-in-one PDF Editor

Cisdem PDFMaster, with a price of $69.99, is an all-in-one PDF Editor to view, edit, manage, compress, protect&unlock, convert and create PDFs on mac, allowing users to separate PDF document into smaller ones. It is easy to split PDF pages in Cisdem PDFMaster, you just need to input the page numbers that you want to divide the PDF file to. Also, you are allowed to delete and rotate PDF pages before separating a PDF file.

Main Features of Cisdem PDFMaster

  • Edit PDF: crop, sign, annotate, comment, highlight, etc.;
  • Merge and separate PDF files;
  • Compress PDFs;
  • Protect and unlock PDFs;
  • Export PDF as 13 formats: Word, PowerPoint, Pages, Keynote, Image, etc.;
  • Create PDF from Word, PowerPoint, ePub, CHM, etc.;
  • Extract image from PDF;
  • Support batch processing PDF files;

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Steps to Separate PDF Pages on Mac

  1. Download and install Cisdem PDFMaster onto your Mac;
  2. Run the program, go to PDF Split;pdfmaster main interface
  3. Drag and drop the PDF file you want to separate pages;separate pdf pages mac02
  4. Then input page range and select output folder;separate pdf pages mac03
  5. Click Convert to separate PDF pages on your mac.

PDF Pages on Mac with Preview

With Mac built-in Preview app, you can split 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.
  4. 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.

Separate PDF Pages Online Free

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.separate pdf pages on mac
  2. 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.
  3. From the print dialogue, change the destination to ‘Save as PDF’ option.
  4. 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.separate pdf pages on mac
  5. Click the Save button and download a new PDF to your hard drive which has only the pages you want.

Utilize Adobe Acrobat if You Have One

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.separate pdf pages on mac
  3. 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.separate pdf pages on mac
  4. 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.

There may be more options to separate PDF pages on mac, but it you want a way to split PDF effortlessly and customize the separating, you'd better try a powerful PDF Editor for mac.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • Esther

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

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