How to Split a PDF File

By Timothy Baron

PDFs are a convenient way to share documents between computers. Because PDFs retain formatting and fonts, they it make it possible to retain a document's appearance when transferring from one computer to the other. They are, however, more difficult to work with. If you want to split a PDF into multiple documents, for instance, you need to use a third-party program such as Adolix, A-PDF, or PDF Split and Merge. Once you've downloaded and installed one of these programs, you can split PDFs quickly and cleanly.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF splitter

Adolix

Step 1

Download, install and run Adolix.

Step 2

Click the blue "+" sign on the far right of the Adolix window. A window will pop up, allowing you to browse your hard drive.

Step 3

Select the PDF you want to split. Click "Open."

Step 4

Choose how you want to split the PDF. The first option will split it every specified number of pages, while the second and third option let you split the PDF into groups of pages. The fourth option lets you specify exact page ranges. For instance, if you enter "1-7, 8, 9-13" then your document will be split into three files. The first will be pages 1 through 7, the second just page 8, and the last pages 9 through 13.

Step 5

Select a destination and file name for the new PDFs. Adolix will default to saving them in the same directory as the PDF you're splitting.

Step 6

Click "Split the PDF!" to split it into the specified files.

A-PDF

Step 1

Download, install and run A-PDF.

Step 2

Click "Browse." A window that allows you to browse your hard drive will pop up.

Step 3

Select the PDF you want to split. Click "Open."

Step 4

Select the range of the split. You can either split "All pages" or pages within a specified range, such as 1 to 17.

Step 5

Select the split method. The first option splits the PDF every specified number of pages. The second and third option allow you to create new PDFs by removing certain sections. The "advanced mode" allows you specific exact page ranges.

Step 6

Click the "Define" button, then click the blue "+" for each PDF you wish to create. Specify a page range, such as "3-64," for each "+" entry. Press the "Split" button at the bottom right of the screen to split the PDF.

PDF Split and Merge

Step 1

Download, install and run PDF Split and Merge.

Step 2

Open the plugins folder on the left side of the window, and click "Split."

Step 3

Click "Add" and select the PDF you wish to split. Click "Open."

Step 4

Select your split process. "Burst" splits the PDF into single pages, while "Split even pages" and "Split odd pages" create PDFs with just the even or odd pages. "Split after page" allows you to specify a page after which a new PDF will be formed. "Split every 'n' pages" will split the document at regular intervals. "Split at this size" allows you to specify at which point, in terms of computer memory, the document will split. For instant, if you enter "1,000,000," it will remove all the information of a file after 1MB in size. This is a good method for reducing file size if you're not concerned with losing content.

Step 5

Choose the output folder, then click "Run." When it's complete, the split PDF will be saved in this output folder.

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