How to Combine PDFS Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Combine PDFs on Mac

If you’ve ever needed to merge multiple PDF files into a single document on your Mac, you’ll be glad to know that it’s a simple process. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps of combining PDFs using built-in tools on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Preview

Preview is a default application on Mac that allows you to view and edit various file formats, including PDFs. Here’s how you can use Preview to combine multiple PDFs:

Step 1: Open Preview

To begin, locate the PDF files you want to combine and open one of them with Preview. You can do this by right-clicking on the file and selecting “Open with” followed by “Preview.”

Step 2: Show Thumbnails Sidebar

Once the file is open in Preview, click on “View” in the menu bar and select “Thumbnails.” This will show a sidebar with thumbnail previews of all pages in your PDF.

Step 3: Drag and Drop Pages

Now, open the second PDF file in Preview as well. You should have two separate windows with thumbnails visible for each file.

To merge them, simply drag and drop the pages from the second window into the first window’s sidebar.

Note: You can rearrange pages within a document by dragging them into your preferred order.

Step 4: Save Merged PDF

Once all the desired pages are combined in a single document, go to “File” in the menu bar and select “Export as PDF.” Choose a location to save the newly merged PDF, provide a name, and click “Save.”

That’s it! You’ve successfully combined PDFs using Preview on your Mac.

Method 2: Using Automator

If you prefer a more automated approach, you can use the built-in Automator application on your Mac. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Automator

Launch Automator by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to “Applications” > “Automator.”

Step 2: Create a New Workflow

In the Automator window, select “New Document” and choose “Workflow.” Click “Choose” to proceed.

Step 3: Add Combine PDFs Action

In the Library panel on the left, find and select “PDFs” under “Actions.” Drag and drop the “Combine PDF Pages” action into the workflow area on the right.

Step 4: Configure Combine PDFs Action

In the Combine PDF Pages action, you can specify various options like whether to append or prepend files, whether to include only specific pages, etc. Adjust these settings as per your requirements.

Step 5: Run Workflow and Save Merged PDF

Click on the “Run” button in the upper-right corner of the Automator window. This will prompt you to select the PDF files you want to combine.

After selecting them, click “Choose” and specify a location to save your merged PDF document.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully combined multiple PDFs using Automator on your Mac.

Now that you know two different methods for combining PDFs on your Mac, you can easily merge multiple files into a single, organized document. Whether you prefer the manual approach using Preview or the automated workflow with Automator, both methods offer convenient ways to combine PDFs to suit your needs.

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