How to Split a PDF File for Free

By Bailey Richert

PDF stands for "portable document format." It is a file type developed by Adobe, and it is only readable using Adobe Acrobat software. PDFs are used to send recipients documents that cannot have their content altered. This includes formatting, pictures and text. Multiple page files can be converted to PDFs, but turning a multi-page PDF into several single-page PDFs is called splitting. Doing so requires the use of PDF-splitting software.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • PDF with multiple pages

Web-Based Programs

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to the Split PDF website.

Step 2

Scroll down the page until you locate the box titled "Split a PDF document."

Step 3

Click "Pick a File" listed under step one. A new window will appear. Locate the PDF on your hard drive using the drop-down menu at the top of the window. Double-click the PDF file name.

Step 4

Enter the page numbers that need to be extracted from the PDF in the box under step two. For example, if you need pages two through 10 of a 50-page PDF to be turned into a separate PDF, enter "2" in the first blank box and "10" in the second blank box.

Step 5

Click "Split PDF!"

Step 6

Save the files to your hard drive when they open as separate documents in Adobe Reader by clicking "File," then "Save" from the tool bar menu.

Downloadable Programs

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to the Adolix website.

Step 2

Click "Download Now - Free Version," located midway through the page. Click "Run" when prompted both times. Click "Next" in the window which appears. Accept the license user agreement, and click "Next" three times. Click "Install" to finish the program installation process. Installation will take seconds. Click "Finish" when prompted. The Adolix Split and Merge program will open automatically.

Step 3

Click the plus sign, "+," located in the upper right-hand side of the program window. Select your PDF in the window which appears by choosing its location on your hard drive with the drop-down menu at the top. Click "Open."

Step 4

Enter the desired page ranges to be split under "Split Method." Type in the destination folder below where you would like your new PDF to be saved.

Step 5

Click "Split this PDF!" The file will automatically be split and saved where you designated. The original PDF will be unaltered.

Tips & Warnings

  • The maximum file size the Split PDF service can upload is 20 MB. Files this large will take longer to separate than smaller files.