How to Combine PDF Files On a Mac

By Techwalla Contributor

If you have a Mac, you can use Automator to consolidate two or more PDF files into a single PDF file. Consolidating files tidies things up and streamlines your workflow. The files you use are preserved, so you can hold onto the originals if you need them.

Step 1

Locate the PDF files you want to combine.

Step 2

Open Automator. It should be located in your Applications folder.

Step 3

When Automator opens, click on the "Workflow" icon.

Step 4

Locate the PDF files you want to combine and drag them into the main window of Automator. When you do, the "Get Specified Finder Items" action opens in the main window.

Step 5

Choose "Combine PDF Pages" from the menu located just to the left of the main window. Drag it into the main window under "Get Specified Finder Items." Use the default "Appending pages" radio button in the action box that opens.

Step 6

Select "Open Finder Items" from the menu located just to the left of the main window. Drag it into the main window under "Combine PDF pages." Leave the setting at "Default Application."

Step 7

Click on the "Run" button in the top-right corner of the window. The combined PDF opens automatically. Save it under the name you prefer in any location on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you use this process often, save the workflow in Automator.