How to Move Pages in a PDF

By Natalie Smith

The PDF format is one of the most flexible formats in desktop publishing because it is viewable on any computer that has Acrobat Reader installed, and the author can lock the formatting so the viewer cannot manipulate the document without the appropriate permissions. A PDF looks the exact same way on any computer, which is a real benefit for document developers. If you are developing a PDF document or if you have the appropriate permissions, you can move the pages around or manipulate the order of the pages in the PDF using Adobe Acrobat.

Step 1

Open Adobe Acrobat and open the PDF file.

Step 2

Click the "Page" button on the toolbar. This opens the page viewer pane on the left on the document. This page viewer shows thumbnails of each page in your PDF.

Step 3

Click the thumbnail of the page you would like to move in the page viewer and drag it in the page viewer until it is positioned where you would like it to be placed. A red bar appears that shows you where the page was originally located in case you need to put the page back in its original position. The page numbers automatically readjust to accommodate the move.

Step 4

Continue to move pages until you are satisfied with the final order of the document.

Step 5

Click "File" and "Save" to save your changes to the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • To adjust files in a PDF, you must have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, which is a program that you must purchase. Most computers have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free download and allows you to view PDFs but not manipulate them.