Jun 10

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Combining pdf documents on an Apple computer is easy.

There are lots of websites offering software to merge PDF files, but you don’t need a third party program to do it. It’s built right in to OS X for free.

OS X comes with a free application called ‘Preview’ that will open automatically whenever you click on a pdf file. It turns out that Preview can edit and merge pdf files!

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You can merge PDF files using the built in ‘Preview’ application that comes for free with OSX.

Exactly how you do this varies depending on which version of OSX that you have. The concept is the same but the step by step pictures will look slightly different.

Please click on the version of OSX that you have to find out how to merge a pdf file:

How to merge PDF files in Mountain Lion 10.8 (2012)

How to merge PDF files in Mavericks 10.9 (2013)

How to merge PDF files in Yosemite (10.10) (2014)

How to merge PDF files in El Capitan (10.11) (2015)

For all versions of OS X prior to Mountain Lion (10.7 and earlier)  just follow the instructions below.

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Mar 25

If you’ve ever been given a pdf file that you want to edit, or a pdf form that you need to complete and return electronically, you’ll realise that it’s not obvious how to edit a pdf file in OS X. You can make simple changes to a pdf file using the free built in Preview App that comes free with OS X. Here’s how.

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Nov 12

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Apple’s built in pdf reader app called ‘Preview’ can merge 2 PDF files and edit PDF files. In macOS Sierra 10.12 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.

Read on for some screenshots of what this looks like.

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May 14

Preview app

This might be a bit obscure, but if you ever need to do it then this will save you a lot of time! Today I had 33 separate pdf files that I wanted to print out.  I wanted them all printed out in alphabetical order. It took me 3 attempts.  Here is how to get them to open in Preview in alphabetical order first go so you can print them in bulk.

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Feb 25

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Some people have reported that the create booklet PDF action that I wrote about here does not work with El Capitan.  I can verify that it does work perfectly with El Capitan.  If it’s not working after the upgrade to El Capitan you should try reinstalling it and then restarting your computer.   Continue reading for a link to download a free version of ‘create booklet’.

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Dec 28

elcapitan

Apple have retained the ability to merge two PDF files with the  built in ‘preview’ app in OSX El Capitan.  As with  previous versions of OS X, there are 3 different ways that you can do this.  1. You can merge them into 1 document  in Preview as you are opening them. 2. You can open them as seperate documents in Preview then merge them by printing them to one pdf file. 3. You can open them as seperate documents in Preview and drag pages from one to the other. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 21

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You may remember back in the day of Macintosh SE, System 6,  Apple ImageWriter,  Claris Works  and so on that you could print across several pages easily and make a banner.  That beautiful feature is completely missing from OS X, even though we are now up to OS X version 10!

There is a way to print across multiple pages though.  Save  your document as a PDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader (it’s free), and from there you can print it across multiple pages.

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Jul 29

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OS X has a built in application that lets you open and read pdf files. It is called Preview. If you click on a pdf file it will automatically open in Preview.

Thankfully with OS X Yosemite (OSX 10.10) it’s really easily merge 2 pdf files with the built in OS X Preview app.

From within preview you can add more pages to the pdf file. When you save the pdf file these extra pages are combined so that all the extra pages are merged with the original pdf.

 

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