25 responses

  1. Lawrence Moore
    March 17, 2014

    So if doc1.pdf has five pages and I want to insert doc2.pdf between pages 3 and 4 of doc1.pdf, where do I drag the doc2.pdf thumbnail to? On top of page 3 thumbnail or between thumbnails 3 & 4?

    • Wayne
      March 25, 2014

      “I want to insert doc2.pdf between pages 3 and 4 of doc1.pdf, where do I drag the doc2.pdf thumbnail to?”

      Drag it ON TOP OF page 3 or 4 thumbnail (so it merges), NOT between them (or else jot won’t merge). If it is not where you want, AFTER you drop it just move it around by dragging it and letting go between pages 3 and 4 thumbnails.

  2. Ragnar
    May 28, 2014

    Life Saver!!! Thank you very much. The help file on the Preview app is wrong and suggests that you do an “Export”. There are 2 options for Export (Not described in the help) One being Export which ONLY saves another copy of the selected File, and Export as PDF which creates one file per contained file. Even this is very simple like you post, Apple doesn’t publish this anywhere.

  3. Marcel
    May 31, 2014

    No matter how hard I try, I won’t get the green plus, and they remain just two separate documents. Bit of a bummer when scanning because since OS X Maverick HP scan stopped working properly. The only way of scanning is using Preview, single pages at the time (or am I missing something?)

    • Wayne
      June 1, 2014

      Most likely you are trying to merge 2 files that are not pdf files. Convert them to pdf first, (‘print’ – ‘save as pdf’) then merge them.

  4. Flatlander
    June 1, 2014

    Thanks for the guidance on this procedure. I had my documents in PICT format and figured out I had to put them in PDF format by going through Preview>Export as PDF. I was then able to go through with your steps. Similar to Ragnar’s post. Also, the grey frame only showed up on the initial merging and the other pages just had the green + and merged without the frame and no problems. Much appreciated!

  5. Beth
    June 2, 2014

    Thank you soooooooooooooo much! The small change with the green plus sign had completely escaped me and I was getting so frustrated with the inability to do something that I was used to! Thanks for clearing this up. Even the Apple Support forums aren’t making this clear (at least that I can find)…

  6. Luke
    June 7, 2014

    Thanks for the post! Although I can not get the green plus on my documents. I’m trying to merge two 26 page PDF’s and I’ve followed your steps above without luck. I can merge a one page document into one of the 26 page docs but not the two multiple page PDF’s together. Any suggestions on how I can get this to work?

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014

      You need to make sure the document is not in ‘collapsed’ mode.
      if you click the tiny grey triangle at the top left next to the document name, you can then drag the other documents into that document to add them.

  7. Arjan Broere
    August 7, 2014

    Thanks! Works great and saved me money because I was about to go and buy an app for a relatively simple merge-job.

  8. Fran
    August 21, 2014

    THANK YOU! for explaining that a slight overlap was necessary to get the Green +. Had been dragging them “perfectly” (over and over again) and could not understand why the pages weren’t merging!

  9. Tom
    August 24, 2014

    I can add one pdf to another one as indicated above, but when I try to add a third pdf to the combined one, no green plus. If I close Preview and reopen, I can add one pdf, but no more. Nor can I select multiple pdfs and add them all at once. I used to be able to do this before Mavericks.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. In archiving pdfs, I like to combine a year’s worth into a single pdf.

    • Wayne
      August 26, 2014

      To do a huge archive, like a year’s worth, just select them all in finder, click and they will all open in one preview window, then choose ‘print’, then choose PDF:save to pdf (bottom left of print dialog). It will save them all to one pdf.

  10. Robert W
    August 31, 2014

    I’ve tried this several times, and this does not work for me. Does this only work for merging two PDFs? Before, you could drag pages from one and they merged into the target PDF, but every time I try to do that, the green “plus” appears and then swiftly disappears, no matter what I do, where I move the page in the thumbnails of the target document. Therefore, when I let go of the mouse, it doesn’t actually merge. Perhaps it is only me with this problem, but it is seriously irritating me. Thanks in advance.

    • Wayne
      August 31, 2014

      Still works for pages. Maybe one of the documents is ‘locked’?

  11. Crystal
    September 6, 2014

    When I try to merge pdf files in preview when I hold the thumbnails over each other I do not get a green plus sign… Can anyone help with this?

  12. Deby
    September 14, 2014

    I have transferred single multiple pages on my mac into one file and it works great but why is it that when I transfer them to my iPad they overlap?

  13. Brooke
    September 24, 2014

    I started with 5 PDF files, I was able to merge two files into one and the other three into another. I’m looking at two files on top of each other in the thumbnail view on the side, but I can’t get the two to merge into each other. Help?

  14. Paul
    September 27, 2014

    Apple talks about good design. But this user interface is horrible.

    • Wayne
      September 27, 2014

      Yes. I agree it’s poor when it needs so much explaining. Not intuitive at all. Not very Apple.

  15. Susan
    October 2, 2014

    Thank you for the explanation.This worked great. Make sure the documents are in pdf format. I made that mistake earlier.

  16. MC
    October 2, 2014

    Thanks for this info! This is a tremendous help!

  17. John Darling
    October 5, 2014

    Much easier way to do this:

    1. Open your first document with preview
    2. Go to edit drop down menu, find “insert” and then “page from file”
    3. click on the file you wish to import.

    This adds the second file to the end of the first one. You can change the page order manually after that. Make sure all files are pdf files…if you’re using .doc files, save them as pdf first.

    • Brittany
      October 13, 2014

      Thanks!! That actually worked, whereas on my Mac (Maverics 10.9.3) what the article writer said to do was NOT working at all. The only way to get the green arrow was to use Option while dragging but that only created another file of the same file I was dragging. Your method worked like a charm, thanks, John!

    • Wayne
      October 13, 2014

      Thanks John that’s a great tip.

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