How to Compress PDF Files on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of dealing with large PDF files that take up too much space on your Mac? Compressing PDF files can be a great solution to this problem. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of compressing PDF files on your Mac using simple and effective methods.

Method 1: Using Preview

If you’re not looking to install any additional software, you can use the built-in Preview application on your Mac to compress PDF files.

  1. Open the PDF file in Preview: Right-click on the PDF file and select “Open With” followed by “Preview”.
  2. Select “Export”: In the top menu bar, click on “File” and then select “Export”.
  3. Choose the compression options: In the export window, select “Quartz Filter” and then choose a filter such as “Reduce File Size” or “Black & White”. You can experiment with different filters to find the one that suits your needs.
  4. Save the compressed file: Choose a destination folder and click on the “Save” button. The compressed PDF file will be saved in your selected location.

Method 2: Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro DC installed on your Mac, you can use its powerful compression features to reduce the size of PDF files.

  1. Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Launch Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and open the desired PDF file using the “Open” option in the toolbar.
  2. Select “File” and then choose “Save As Other”: Click on the “File” option in the top menu bar, then select “Save As Other” followed by “Reduced Size PDF”.
  3. Choose the compression settings: In the “Reduce File Size” dialog box, you can choose the desired compression settings. You can adjust image quality, discard unnecessary objects, and remove metadata to further reduce the file size.
  4. Save the compressed PDF file: Select a destination folder and click on the “Save” button to save the compressed PDF file.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Software

If you prefer using third-party software, there are several options available for compressing PDF files on your Mac.

a) PDFelement

PDFelement is a feature-rich PDF editor that also offers powerful compression capabilities.

  1. Download and install PDFelement: Visit the official website of PDFelement and download the software. Follow the installation instructions to install it on your Mac.
  2. Open the PDF file in PDFelement: Launch PDFelement and open the desired PDF file using the “Open File” option in the toolbar.
  3. Select “File” and then choose “Optimize”: Click on the “File” option in the top menu bar, then select “Optimize” followed by “Optimize..”
  4. Choose the compression options: In the optimization settings window, you can adjust various parameters such as image resolution, font embedding, and content removal to reduce file size. Experiment with different settings to find your desired compression level.

b) Smallpdf

Smallpdf is an online platform that offers various PDF tools, including PDF compression.

  1. Visit the Smallpdf website: Open your web browser and go to the Smallpdf website (www.smallpdf.com).
  2. Select “Compress PDF”: On the Smallpdf homepage, click on the “Compress PDF” tool.
  3. Upload the PDF file: Drag and drop your PDF file into the designated area or click on “Choose File” to select the file from your computer.
  4. Wait for compression: Smallpdf will compress your PDF file automatically. The compression process may take a few seconds depending on the size of your file.
  5. Download the compressed PDF file: Once the compression is complete, click on “Download” to save the compressed PDF file to your Mac.

In conclusion, compressing PDF files on your Mac can help you save storage space and make sharing files easier. Whether you choose to use built-in tools like Preview or third-party software like Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, there are various options available to suit your needs. Try out different methods and find the one that works best for you!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of compressing PDF files on your Mac. Happy compressing!

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