How to delete PDF pages

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You have downloaded the digital version of a magazine, would you like to remove the parts that do not interest you from it but you don't know how to do it? In the office, did the boss entrust you with the task of correcting a PDF document by reducing its length and eliminating unnecessary pages from it? Don't worry, yes it can.


Of course, editing a PDF file is not as simple as editing a Word document but by using the “right” programs or online services, you can do it without wasting too much time. Follow the "tips" on how to delete pages from a PDF document that I am about to give you and I guarantee you that PDFs will no longer be your problem.



How do you say? Aren't you going to buy expensive paid solutions just to edit a few files? And who told you you have to do it ?! Most of the online programs and services I'm about to tell you about are free. Yes, you read that right! Free. This means that you can edit all the PDF files you want in a very simple way and without spending a penny, regardless of the operating system you use on your PC. So, what are you waiting for to start?

Online services to delete PDF pages


Do you want delete PDF pages but you don't want to waste time downloading new programs on your PC? No problem. There are so many online services which you can rely on, but know that I do not recommend them if you have to process documents that contain confidential information (eg personal data, credit card numbers, etc.).


As serious as the services I am about to report to you are - they protect the privacy of users by deleting all the documents that are uploaded to their servers within hours of uploading -, we we have no direct control over them and therefore we cannot be sure of the fate of our files. In short: as I see it, better not to take unnecessary risks and use them only for those documents that do not contain confidential information. Then the choice is yours!

Another thing to keep in mind is that, except for some lucky cases, the upload speeds of our connections are not very high, consequently loading very heavy PDFs on online services can be a nerve-wracking operation (not to mention that in some cases there are some upload limits which do not allow uploading of documents larger than a certain number of MB). Having said that, if you still feel ready to proceed, make yourself comfortable and find out which are the best online services for editing PDF files that you can turn to.

Online2PDF


Online2PDF is an online service that allows you to convert Office documents to PDF and vice versa, to merge and split documents (which is of interest to you at the moment), to unlock documents protected against printing and modification, and more. It does not require registration to be used but has an upload limit of 50MB for a single file or 100MB if you upload multiple PDFs at the same time (up to 20 can be uploaded). To use it, connect to its main page and drag the PDF to edit onto the button Select files (or presses on the latter to select the document "manually").


At this point, click on the icon of scissors which is on the right and type, in the text field select following pages (exactly in this order), the page numbers to keep in the output document. You can indicate a set of single pages by separating each of them with a comma (eg "1,2,4" to keep pages 1, 2 and 4) or a group of pages in sequence, separating the initial and final page with a dash (eg "1-4" to keep pages 1 to 4).

To conclude, click on your button Convert, wait a few seconds for the output document to be processed and the PDF with the removed pages will be automatically saved on your PC.

Programs to delete PDF pages

If you need to delete the pages of a PDF that is very heavy and / or that contains confidential information, rely on them offline solutions. There are many to choose from, even free of charge. Identify the one that seems to you best suited to your needs and start using it thanks to the information I am about to give you.


PDFill FREE PDF Tools (Windows)

If you use a PC Windows, I recommend you to try PDFill FREE PDF Tools. In case you have never heard of it before, it is a free software that contains a series of functions dedicated exclusively to editing PDFs. It allows you to merge and split documents, reorder the pages in them, convert images to PDF (e vice versa), add watermarks to documents, password protect PDFs and more. To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button first Download now located at the top right (under the heading Get this tool only) and then on the button Download Now present on the page that if you press.

A download completo, apri il file PDFill_PDF_Tools_FREE.exe that you have just downloaded on your PC e, in the window that appears, click on the button first Yes e then Next. Then accept the conditions of use of PDFill FREE PDF Tools, putting the check mark next to the item I accept the terms in the License Agreementclick on your Next. Now deselect the items related to the other PDFill products (in order not to download unnecessary additional programs) and finish the setup by clicking on Next twice in a row and then on install e Finish. During setup they will be downloaded and installed on your PC as well Ghostscript and . Net Framework: two free (e "clean") components necessary for the functioning of PDFill FREE PDF Tools.

When installation is complete, start PDFill FREE PDF Tools (via its icon on the Windows desktop) and press the button Split or Reorder pages. Then select the PDF to edit, put the check mark next to the item Delete pages and indicates the pages of the document to be deleted in the adjacent text field. You can indicate single pages, separating them with commas (eg "1,2,5" to delete pages 1, 2 and 5) or a set of pages (eg "1-5" to delete pages from 1 to 5).

Successively, press the pulsating Save as, select the folder in which to save the output file and that's it.

Preview (Mac)

If you have one Mac, you can edit PDF files directly with Preview, the default macOS software for viewing photos, documents e, indeed, PDF files. To delete the pages of a PDF with Preview, all you have to do is open the document to be edited and activate the display of thumbnails by selecting the item Miniature from the menu Vista which is located at the top.

At this point, locate the thumbnails of the pages to be deleted in the left sidebar, select them using the combination of keys cmd + click and delete them by pressing cmd+backspace on the computer keyboard or by selecting the item Delete from the menu Modification Preview.

The changes will be automatically applied to the original file. To save a new PDF, first create a duplicate of the original document by right clicking on it and selecting the entry Duplicate from the menu that appears. In case of second thoughts, however, to cancel the deletion of pages from a PDF you have just edited, press the key combination cmd + z on your Mac keyboard (or select the item Cancel from the menu Modification Preview).

PDF Toolkit + (Mac)

If you use a Mac and you find that using Preview is a bit too cumbersome, you can rely on PDF Toolkit +. It is a software agolable on the Mac App Store for € 1,99 that includes a bunch of functions to edit PDFs: it allows you to merge and divide documents, extract images from them, reduce their size and much even more.

To delete pages from a PDF using PDF Toolkit +, install the software from the Mac App Store, then launch it, select the tab Split / Extract Pages and drag the PDF you want to edit into the gray box which is on the left.

At this point, type the list of pages to remove in the field Remove pages (bottom right), click on the button Remove!, choose the folder in which to save the output file and that's it. You can indicate the pages to be removed individually (separating each number with a comma, for example "1,2,4" to delete pages 1, 2 and 4) or as a group (separating the initial and final page with a dash, for example example "1-4" to delete pages 1 to 4).

Adobe Acrobat (Windows/Mac)

Adobe Acrobat Pro is the professional, paid version of Adobe Reader, the hugely popular software to read PDF files that you will surely know too. If you have a copy of this program (which is also agolable as a trial version), you can edit your PDFs in all possible and imaginable ways, even removing unnecessary pages from them.

To delete a page from a PDF document using Acrobat Pro, all you have to do is open the file from which you want to delete the pages and click on the button Organize pages located in the right sidebar.

At this point, select the pages of the PDF to be deleted using the key combination Ctrl + Click (o cmd + click if you are using a Mac) and first click on the icon Trash can which is located at the top and then on OK per confermare l'operazione.

If you want to select multiple pages in sequence, click on the thumbnail of the first page to select, hold down the keys Alt + Shift on the computer keyboard (or cmd+shift if you are using a Mac) and click on the thumbnail of the last page to select.

Once you have deleted all unnecessary pages, you can save your new PDF by selecting the item Save with name from the menu Fillet Adobe Acrobat Pro and choosing the destination folder of the output file.

By clicking on the floppy disk placed at the top left, however, you can overwrite the original PDF with the one with the cut pages. The choice is yours.



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