How to Combine Two PDF Files Into One

By Cooper Temple

PDF files are a prevalent way in which material is distributed among individuals and on the Internet. The sizes of PDF files are typically less than that of the source material, and they can be viewed by any user with a PDF reading program. If you are sharing PDF files with other users on a common project, you may find that separate files need to be put together. You can combine two PDF files into one with a PDF writing program by following a few steps.

Step 1

Download a PDF writing application with a feature that allows you to combine individual files, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is used here (see "Resources," below, for a free trial).

Step 2

Open a PDF file that you want to combine with another. Use the “File” drop-down menu to select the “Open” option. This will launch a separate window allowing you to locate the folder to which the file has been saved. Click once on the PDF document name, and then once on the “Open” button.

Step 3

Use the “Document” drop-down menu to select the “Insert Pages” option. This will launch a separate window. Use the “Look in” drop-down menu to find the folder to which the other PDF file is saved. Highlight the PDF file name and click once on the “Select” button.

Step 4

Use the “Location” drop-down menu to choose where the new file will be placed in relation to the first file. You can select “After” or “Before.” Use the radio buttons in the “Page” section to choose the exact location. You can choose the “First” page, “Last” page or a specific page by typing the page number in the “Page” field.

Step 5

Click once on the “OK” button. Remember to save the combined document under a new file name in order to keep the source documents separate. Click once on the “File” menu and select “Save As.” Choose a folder in which to save the new PDF file using the “Save in” menu, type a name in the “File name” field and click on the “Save” button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shareware PDF writing programs are available, but make certain that any you download have the capacity to merge files.