We are much likely to work on PDF files, because it is the prevailing file format with high security and versatility to present digital contents. However, when we encounter large PDFs or need to assign specific pages of a PDF to different members for collaboration, we will have to split PDF pages.
This article will introduce 6 ways to split PDF pages on Mac and Windows. We will learn how to split PDF into individual pages or multiple files with Cisdem PDFMaster, Preview, Automator, Adobe Acrobat or free PDF splitters, even if you are splitting a large or dozens-of-page PDF.
As stated in the beginning, maybe you need to split a long PDF file into multiple files and distribute them to project team members. Or perhaps the important information you need is on only a specific page of PDF, so you expect to split PDF into individual pages and save them as separate documents.
Whatever your reason for splitting a PDF, it will be a quite easy and quick task if you have a right tool. Among various options, we recommend you to consider an affordable PDF tool offline, since most online tools carry the risk of information leakage. Here we found that Cisdem PDFMaster is an optimal option to split PDF, for both Mac and Windows users.
With its PDF Split tool, users can quickly split a PDF into multiple files by equal page quantity, for example, you can split a 25-page PDF to 5 PDF files, each has 5 pages. Also, it lets you extract a particular page or several pages from a PDF as you want. Besides splitting PDF pages, Cisdem offers many other tools to manipulate PDF pages, including cropping, deleting, rotating, inserting and replacing PDF pages.
Support batch processing when converting, creating, compressing, unlocking or protecting PDF.
If everything is perfect, click OK, then all the separated PDF files will be saved in destination folder.
For Mac users, you will be happy to know that two applications included in your macOS are capable of splitting PDF, so you don't even need to install any additional software, and both of them are entirely free to use.
Preview is the built-in tool to open, view, markup and organize PDF pages on macOS. There is no Split tool in Preview, but you can still use Preview to split PDF pages. However, you can only split a PDF by specific page range, in other words, Preview allows splitting a PDF into another PDF with manually selected PDF pages only.
Another way to split PDF pages on Mac for free is using Automator, it helps split multiple PDF files efficiently with a created workflow, however, you can only split a PDF into individual pages on Mac with Automator, that's to say, your PDF file will be split into one-page PDF files.
Those who don't use Mac don't have to be discouraged, as there are still plenty of online options to separate PDF pages for free. But we do not recommend this as the first choice, because many online tools may contain malicious ads that can easily infect your device, and pose privacy risks as well. In order to avoid such situations as much as possible, we have selected two relatively safer ones from numerous online options.
Most of web browsers support reading PDFs, including Google Chrome. You can use the Print function to split a PDF file, it allows splitting odd pages only, even pages only or pages of custom page range.
ilovepdf is an online free PDF toolkit offering rich features: split, merge, compress, convert, protect, unlock, organize and edit PDFs. With its Split PDF tool, you can split PDF pages into multiple files by custom ranges or by fixed ranges. But, it may take some time to upload and download your files, especially for large PDFs.
If you have installed Adobe Acrobat on your Mac or Windows, it helps separate PDF pages too. Adobe Acrobat offers more criteria and output options to separate a PDF file, it can split PDF pages by numbers of pages, maximum file size, bookmark, and allows saving split PDF files in specified folder.
We have many more options to split a PDF file, each option offers different settings to split PDF pages. If you work on PDFs very often, install a professional toolkit like Cisdem PDFMaster on your Mac or Windows for more PDF tasks. In the case that you prefer web tools for PDF splitting, don't update confidential and private PDF files, it may bring potential risks of information leakage since it requires uploading your files to a 3rd party server.
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