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.
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.
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.
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’.
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 〉
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.
Quite often I receive a document to print double sided but I receive it as two single PDF files. Other times I have two documents that came from two different applications (for example one from pages and one from numbers) and I want to print them back-to-back on one piece of paper using my double sided printer. Here’s how to print to PDF files together using OS X Preview.