Apple’s built in pdf reader app called ‘Preview’ can merge 2 PDF files and edit PDF files. It used to be tricky to merge two PDF files ( read some of my old articles here) but in macOS Sierra 10.12 it’s easier than ever. All you need to do is drag the thumbnails that you want to merge from one PDF document to the other and then save the document. You don’t need to buy any extra software. It is built right into OS X.
Read on for some screenshots of what this looks like.
Apple have made a change in Preview in macOS Sierra so that when you drag a thumbnail from one PDF document to another, that page is automatically merged into the new PDF document. This makes it really easy to merge two PDF files.
- Open the first pdf file.
(Make sure it opens in Preview)
- In the View menu select ‘Thumbnails’
- Drag the a new pdf file from the desktop into this thumbnails window OR
- Open the new pdf file then drag a page thumbnail across into this thumbnails window.
Here is a picture of the thumbnails window open, and I am dragging a PDF document into the thumbnails window:
4. Select “Save” from the File menu to save the new merged document.
Editing a PDF.
You can also edit a PDF document in preview.
Just click on the little toolbox in the Toolbar to open an extra menu that will allow you to type, add shapes, and draw on the pdf document. See this article for more information on editing a pdf.