How to Combine Two PDFS Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user and you find yourself needing to combine two PDF files into one, you’re in luck! Mac offers a built-in feature that allows you to easily merge multiple PDF files together. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps on how to combine two PDFs on Mac.

Step 1: Open Preview

The first step is to open the Preview app on your Mac. You can do this by either using Spotlight search (Cmd + Space) and typing “Preview” or by locating it in your Applications folder.

Step 2: Open PDFs

With Preview open, go to the “File” menu and select “Open”. Browse through your files and select the first PDF document that you want to combine.

Step 3: View Thumbnails

Once your first PDF is open in Preview, go to the “View” menu and select “Thumbnails” (or use the shortcut Shift + Cmd + D). This will display a sidebar with thumbnails of each page in the document.

Step 4: Drag and Drop

Now, locate the second PDF file that you want to merge with the first one. Simply drag and drop it onto the thumbnail sidebar in Preview. You’ll see it appear as additional pages at the end of your first document.

Step 5: Rearrange Pages (Optional)

If you need to rearrange the pages within your merged document, simply click and drag any thumbnail within the sidebar to reorder them as desired.

Step 6: Save Your Merged PDF

Once you’re satisfied with the order of your pages, go to the “File” menu and choose “Export as PDF” (or use the shortcut Shift + Cmd + S). Choose a destination folder and give your merged PDF file a name. Then, click “Save”.

Step 7: Verify the Merge

To make sure your PDFs have been successfully merged, navigate to the folder where you saved your newly created file. Double-click on it to open it in Preview and verify that all pages are present and in the correct order.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully combined two PDF files on your Mac using the Preview app. This handy built-in feature saves you from having to use third-party software, making it quick and easy to merge PDF documents whenever you need to.

Remember, Preview offers many other useful features for manipulating PDF files, such as adding annotations, highlighting text, and cropping pages. Take some time to explore these capabilities and make the most out of this versatile application!

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