How to Create a Continuous Flow PDF

By Cooper Temple

Portable Document Format files are frequently found on web pages, due to their wide readability. Regardless of the source program with which the file was created, anyone with a PDF-reading program may open and view the file. When PDF files are used by a variety of individuals working on one project, the need may arise to combine different PDF files into one document. You can create a continuous flow PDF, with the right software, by following a few steps.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF writing program

Use a Commercial PDF Writing Program

Step 1

Install and launch a commercial PDF writing program, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro. The Adobe Acrobat programs, including Standard, Pro and Pro Extended, are somewhat expensive. Because they start at about $450, try a free trial of Acrobat Pro from the Adobe Systems website before purchasing it. Regardless of the program you select, make certain that has a feature that allows you to combine PDF files.

Step 2

Click once on the "Create PDF" button and select the "From Multiple Files" option. A separate "Combine Files" dialogue window will open. Click once on the "Add Files" button. This will launch a separate window that will allow you to select the files that you want to include in the continuous flow PDF document.

Step 3

Use the "Look in" menu to select the folder in which the PDF files are saved. Select the PDF files by clicking once on each file name while holding down the "Control" (Ctrl) key. Click once on the "Add files" button. Repeat this step for each folder that contains a file that you want to include in the continuous flow PDF. The list of selected files will appear in the "Combine Files" window.

Step 4

Click once on the "Next" button on the "Combine Files" window. Select "Merge files into a single PDF" to combine the individual files into a continuous flow PDF document. Note that the individual files may be repositioned by highlighting the file names and utilizing the "Move Up" and "Move Down" buttons. Click once on the "Create" button.

Step 5

Click once on the "Save" button to complete the merging of the individual files into a continuous PDF. Use the "Save in" menu to select a folder in which to save the combined file. Type a name into the "File name" field and click once on the "Save" button to complete the process.

Use a Free PDF Writing Program

Step 1

Install a free PDF writing program, such as PDFill. PDFill has a feature, similar to Adobe Acrobat Pro, that allows you to combine multiple files. As with the commercial products, make certain that any free program you select has this feature.

Step 2

Launch the PDFill PDF Editor program. Select the "Open new PDF Project" option from the "File" menu. This action will launch an "Open" dialogue box. Use the "Look in" menu to select a folder in which one of the PDF files that you want to include in the continuous flow PDF is located. Click once on the file name and once on the "Open" button.

Step 3

Select the "PDF Tools" option from the "Tools" menu. This will launch a separate "Tools" window. Select the "Merge PDF Files" option, which will open a separate window that will allow you to choose individual files to use in the continuous PDF.

Step 4

Click once on the "Add a PDF File" button on the "Add PDF Files" window. Use the "Look in" drop-down menu to locate the folder in which the PDF files are saved. Select the PDF files by clicking once on each file name while holding down the "Control" (Ctrl) key. Click once on the "Open" button. Repeat this step for each folder that contains a file that you want to include in the continuous flow PDF. The list of selected files will appear in the "Merge PDF Files" window.

Step 5

Click once on the "Save As" button to complete the merging of the individual files into a continuous PDF. Use the "Save in" menu to select a folder in which to save the combined file. Type a name into the "File name" field and click once on the "Save" button to complete the process.