How to Extract Pages from PDF with or without Adobe Acrobat

2018-09-19 22:10:00 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

Learn how to extract pages from PDF with or without Adobe Acrobat on different platforms including Mac, Windows, Android and iOS.

When dealing with a large PDF file with massive pages, we sometimes choose to extract the needed pages from it or to split the file into separate pieces. After extracting the pages we need from a PDF and save them as one or multiple new PDFs, as images, or as an editable document, etc., we can quickly send the file(s) by email, to Kindle, iPad or other devices, or use the new file(s) for other purposes. This article will show you how to do the extraction using 7 different methods.


1. Extract PDF pages in Adobe Reader

Supported OS: Windows, Android & iOS

Provided as freeware, Adobe Reader is designed to view, print and annotate PDFs. You can also use it to extract pages from PDF, regardless of whether you are using Acrobat Reader DC or Reader XI. The steps below will show you how to split pages from PDF on Mac or Windows PC.

Step 1. Use Adobe Reader to open the PDF from which you want to extract pages.

Step 2. From the File menu, click Print. Or, click the printer icon in the toolbar.

Step 3. In the printer dialog box, from the Printer dropdown menu, select Adobe PDF.

Step 4. To extract pages from PDF, select Pages in the Pages to Print section and enter certain page numbers (e.g. 2, 4, 9) or specify a page range (e.g. 11-28).

To extract even pages from PDF, click ▸ More Option and select Even Pages only from the Odd or Even Pages dropdown menu.

adobe reader choose pages to extract

Step 5. Click Print. Adobe Reader will start splitting pages from PDF to create new PDF.

The mobile version

The Adobe Reader on Android and iOS can also do the job of extracting PDF pages. Here Android will be taken as an example.

Step 1. Open a PDF in Adobe Reader on Android. Tap the 3-dot button in the upper-right corner. Tap Print.

Step 2. From the top dropdown menu, tap Save as PDF.

Step 3. Tap ⌄, the dropdown symbol. From the Pages menu, select the second option. Enter specific page numbers or a page range.

extract pages from pdf android adobe reader

Step 4. Click the round PDF button. This is how you extract pages from PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader on Android.

Tip: To extract pages from an encrypted/password-protect PDF, you need to enter the password before you can open the file using Adobe Reader. If you have forgotten the password, check out this guide to removing password protection from PDF. This tip applies to other methods too.


2. Extract pages from PDF in Acrobat Pro

Supported OS: Mac & Windows

Acrobat DC Pro or Acrobat XI Pro (the older version) is a powerful and versatile PDF tool that allows you to view, create, edit, manage and convert PDF files. You can use it to efficiently extract pages from PDF and save them as a new PDF or separate PDFs.

Step 1. Open Adobe Acrobat Pro on your computer. Click Tools. Among the tools, click Organize Pages.

Step 2. Open a PDF by clicking Select a File or by dragging and dropping.

Step 3. Press and hold the Command key under macOS or the Ctrl key under Windows, and then click the pages you'd like to extract from PDF.

Step 4. Click Extract, and a new menu bar will show up. If you want to extract pages from a PDF as separate files instead of one PDF, select Extract pages as separate files. If you select Delete Pages after extracting, the extracted pages will be removed from the original PDF.

adobe pro extract pages

Step 5. Click Extract. Select a folder that you want the new file(s) to go into. Click OK.

Common issues and solutions

Adobe Acrobat Pro does a good job of extracting and splitting PDF pages. However, there are cases where users can’t extract pages from PDF, which is rare though. The most common issue is the bad parameter error.

If a Bad parameter dialog box appears when you use Acrobat Pro to extract pages from a PDF, try out the fix below.

Step 1. Launch Adobe Acrobat DC. Go to Tools > Combine Files.

Step 2. Click the Add File icon and select Add Files. Select example file #1 from which you receive the Bad parameter error when extracting pages. Click Open.

Step 3. Add example file #2. It’s recommended to add a one-page PDF. Click Combine.

Step 4. After the combination is finished. Go to File and click Save.

Step 5. Choose Tools > Organize Pages. Open the file you have just saved. Select and delete the page(s) of example file #2. Save the file again.

Step 6. Try to extract pages from PDF again. The error shouldn’t occur.

Another common issue is that the extraction feature is grayed out. One common reason is that the PDF from which you want to extract pages is a PDF/A file. If it’s PDF/A, then you won’t be allowed to extract or delete pages. To check if a PDF is PDF/A, click Standards in the left side panel of Acrobat Pro.


Extract page from PDF Without Adobe Acrobat

Method 1. Use Cisdem PDF Converter OCR

Supported OS: Mac

Pros:

  1. Quickly extract any page(s) from PDF
  2. Allow users to extract PDF pages to new PDF, Word, Excel and 13 other formats
  3. Batch extract pages from multiple PDFs
  4. Can pull pages from scanned non-searchable PDF to create searchable PDF or editable document
  5. Extract only image/text/table from selected pages of a native/scanned PDF

Cons:

  1. Only work on Mac

Versatile and powerful, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac allows you to extract pages, split PDF, combine PDF files, do OCR on PDF/image, convert PDF to different formats, create PDF and do more. It provides multiple PDF extraction solutions to meet your needs.

#1 Efficiently extract certain page(s) from PDF

You can use it to easily and quickly extract a page (e.g. the first or last page), consecutive pages (e.g. 25-54) or non-consecutive pages (2, 9, 21-27, 36, 38, 45) from a multiple page PDF.

#2 Extract PDF pages to new PDF, images, editable document, etc.

This tool allows you to extract pages from PDF to new PDF, JPG, or to other formats such as DOC, XLSX and more. It supports different PDF types and output formats.

Native/searchable PDFs Scanned/image-based PDFs Extract pages to
PDF
Image (JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc.)
Word
Excel
PowerPoint
Text
EPUB, HTML, Pages
Keynote, etc.

#3 Extract pages from non-searchable PDF to create searchable PDF or editable document 

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR comes with a powerful OCR feature. As shown in the table above, it can split pages from scanned or image-based non-searchable PDF and create a new searchable selectable PDF or an editable document such as Word, Keynote, etc.

#4 Batch extract certain page(s) from multiple PDF files at once

Here’s an example. To extract pages (2, 4, 9-11) from example file #1, pages (5-9, 17-25, 29) from example file #2 and pages (8-27, 40, 42) from example file #3, just add these files to the said tool and select pages and desired output format separately.

#5 Only select images from selected pages from PDF

If you only need the images from certain pages of a PDF, you can use this tool to easily extract the images and save them in desired formats.

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem PDF Converter OCR on your Mac.

Free Download

Step 2. Drag and drop one or more PDFs to this tool. Select Range and enter the page numbers or specify a page range. From the output dropdown menu, select the format you need. For example, if you need to extract pages from PDF to Word, just select to DOC or DOCX.

extract pdf pages to new pdf, word, excel or other formats

By default, the OCR feature is enabled. To extract pages from scanned PDF to editable document such as Word, Excel, etc., make sure that OCR is not disabled.

Step 3. This step is optional. If you are extracting pages from a scanned/image-based PDF to Word, Excel, etc., you can use the OCR recognition adjustment feature to achieve a more desired result. Click the gear icon to open the OCR window where you can make adjustments by dragging the borders of areas.

Step 4. Click Convert in the main interface to extract pages from PDF to the type of file you need.


Method 2. Use Bluebeam

Supported OS: Mac and Windows

Pros:

  1. Allow users to extract selected pages from a PDF file
  2. Can automatically remove extracted pages from the original file
  3. Can extract pages from digitally signed pages

Cons:

  1. Only 1 output format option
  2. Can’t do batch extracting

Bluebeam is designed to create, edit, make up and share PDFs. You can also use it to easily split PDF and pull out the pages you need. The steps below will show you how to extract pages from PDF using Bluebeam.

Step 1. Open a PDF in Bluebeam. Choose Document > Pages > Extract Pages. The Extract Pages dialog box will show up.

Step 2. From the Page Range menu, select the option you need. There are four options available: All Pages, Current, Selected and Custom.

Step 3. In the Options section, there are four main options. Select according to your need. If you want the extracted pages to be removed from the original file, just select Delete Pages After Extracting.

extract pdf pages bluebeam

Step 4. Click OK to start extracting selected pages from PDF.


Method 3. Use Foxit Reader

Supported OS: Mac, Windows & Linux

Pros:

  1. Can split out any page from a PDF
  2. Very handy to use

Cons:

  1. Only 1 output format option

Foxit Reader is a free software app to create, view, edit and print PDFs and can be a decent alternative to Adobe Reader. You can use it to effortlessly extract pages from a PDF file.

Step 1. Launch Foxit Reader on your computer. Click the big + symbol. Browse and select a PDF.

Step 2. From the File menu, choose Print. The Print dialog box will appear. From the Printer dropdown menu, select Foxit Reader PDF Printer.

Step 3. In the Print Range section, select Pages. Enter specific page numbers or specify a range of pages.

choose pages to extract foxit

Step 4. Click OK. Choose a folder to save the new PDF and click Save. This is how you extract pages from PDF in Foxit Reader for free.


Method 4. Use Google Chrome

Supported OS: Mac & Windows

Pros:

  1. Require no PDF software
  2. Quickly split pages from PDF

Cons:

  1. Limited output format options

Another method to extract PDF pages it to use Google Chrome or a different Internet browser such as Opera. It doesn’t require any PDF software.

Step 1. To extract pages from PDF to new PDF, first you need to open the file using Chrome.

Step 2. Open the Print dialog box by clicking Print from the File menu. Select Save as PDF as the print destination.

Step 3. In the Pages section, select the option under All. Enter the page numbers.

chrome save as pdf

Step 4. Click Save. Select a folder on your computer to save the new PDF generated from the extracted pages.


Method 5. Use sodapdf.com

Supported OS: Mac, Windows, Android & iOS

Pros:

  1. Work on all platform
  2. No need to use software

Cons:

  1. Slow when splitting PDF pages

You can also use an online tool to extract pages from PDF for free. In this case, you don’t need to use or install any software. This method can be used on all platforms and is very convenient.

Step 1. Go to https://www.sodapdf.com/split-pdf/.

Step 2. Add a PDF file by dragging and dropping. It may take a while to upload the file.

Step 3. Enter the pages you wish to extract from the uploaded PDF.

extract pages from pdf online

Step 4. Click Split. This tool will start splitting.

Step 5. Once the process is finished, click Download Now.


Comparison of the 7 methods to extract pages from PDF

  Adobe Reader Acrobat Pro Cisdem PDF Converter OCR Bluebeam Foxit Reader Google Chrome sodapdf.com
Platform Mac, Windows, Android &  iOS Mac & Windows Mac    Mac & Windows MacWindows & Linux Windows & Linux Mac & Windows Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, etc.
Easy to use
Speed Fast Fast Fast Fast Fast Fast Slow
Extract one PDF page
Extract multiple PDF pages
Extract to new PDF
Directly extract PDF pages to image × × × × × ×
Directly extract PDF pages to Excel × × × × × ×
Directly extract PDF pages to Word × × × × × ×
Available output formats PDF PDF PDF, image, Word, Excel, PPT, text, etc. PDF PDF, PostScript PDF, PostScript PDF

Conclusion

After extracting the pages we need from a PDF to a new PDF, images or a Word document, we can quickly attach the new file to email, send it to iPhone, iPad, Android phone or other devices or insert it into another file, or print it out. This is especially useful when it comes large PDF files.

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