5 Methods to Remove Pages from PDF

5 Methods to Remove Pages from PDF

This article will show you how to remove pages from PDF. This way, you will not be left with a cumbersome PDF file containing even unwanted or blank pages.

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Sep 27, 2020 • Filed to: Recover & Repair Files • Proven solutions


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PDF files are important for viewing documents on different devices. However, in a whole PDF file, you may only need certain parts or pages. It turns out, you cannot simply delete the pages you do not need or extract those you need with Adobe Reader because it is just a reader and doesn't allow for alterations to your PDF. This is where the article comes in. It will show you how to effectively remove pages from PDF using some apps and measures. Finally, if you delete some pages by accident, you will be guided on how to use the recovery tool called Recoverit Data Recovery, to get those files back.

Method 1: Remove Pages from PDF Using Adobe Acrobat

The first app you can use to remove any page you need from PDF is Adobe Acrobat. This tool is capable of not only viewing PDF files but editing and creating. This is why it is ideal for removing pages from PDF. You can easily delete pages from a PDF document or file with Adobe Acrobat by using the steps below:

Step 1. What you want to do is to check to see if you have the permission to edit the PDF document. How to do this? Simply click "File", then "Properties" > "Security" tab. Here, under the "Document Restrictions Summary", you will see the permissions.

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Step 2. Next, open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat

Step 3. Move to the right pane and select the tool "Organize Pages". This toolset is shown in the secondary toolbar

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Step 4. Choose the page thumbnail you wish to delete, then select the icon for "Delete". Note that the page thumbnails are found in the "Document" section

Step 5. A dialog box will appear for you to confirm your action. If you are certain of the pages you have selected to delete, choose "OK". Save the updated PDF.

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Method 2: Remove Pages from PDF via PDFelement

An effective tool you can use to remove pages from PDF is PDFelement on Windows. This section will show you how to use the tool. First, you need to download the PDFelement installation package by clicking "Free Download". After installing the tool on your computer, do the following:

Step 1. Launch PDFelement. Import the PDF file by clicking "Open File". This involves you browsing through your files to select the one that needs editing. You can also load the PDF file from your computer's local folder by clicking "Open"

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Step 2. On the toolbar, you will find the tab labeled "Page", go to it and choose "Delete". You will be prompted to choose the number of pages; the options include "Even pages", Even and odd pages", "Odd pages", and page range. You can choose any of the options or choose to input and set the page range you wish to delete.

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Step 3. Ensure the changes effected are saved by clicking "File" and then "Save As" and saving accordingly. Note that you can choose to edit your pages before saving as PDFelement provides you the editing feature. With this, you can rotate, crop, merge, insert, split pages.

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Method 3: Remove Pages from PDF Online

Another method to remove pages from your PDF is to simply go online and use one of the many different applications there. In this case, an example will be given with the online tool called Sejda. This tool can remove your pages for free but not more than 200 pages or 50MB. It also works on both Mac and Windows computers. Hence, follow the steps below to know how to use Sejda online:

Step 1. First, upload your PDF files to the tool. Sejda will ensure this is done through an encrypted connection to ensure your files are secure. You can upload the files by clicking "Upload" and choosing the files from your local computer drive or by simply dragging and dropping them on the interface. You can as well select the PDF files from Google Drive or Dropbox

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Step 2. Select "Delete" as you move to each page and it will be automatically removed. If the pages look similar, you can zoom them in using the 'magnifier' located on each page when you pause on it. This will help you in removing the correct page.

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Step 3. Now go ahead to save the document you just updated by clicking "Apply changes" > "Download"

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Method 4: Remove Pages from PDF on Mac through Preview

With the free built-in "Preview" feature of Mac systems, you can now delete or remove any page you do not want on PDF. Here is how to do this:

Step 1: Go to "Preview" on Mac and open your PDF document

Step 2: Make the sidebar visible by pressing "Command" + "Shift" + "D" if it is not visible. Then, display the sidebar

Step 3: Delete the page you want to wish to as follows:

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Step 4: Save the new set of PDF pages. You can overwrite the previous PDF file with this new one by selecting "File" and "Save". You can choose to save as a new folder by clicking "File" and then "Save As"

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Method 5: Remove Pages from PDF through Print to PDF with Browser

Although apps like PDFelement and Adobe Acrobat mentioned above can remove pages from PDF, you can use the function of "print to PDF" and your browser to achieve the same results. With a browser that can open PDF such as Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, you can install Adobe Acrobat and remove the page from your PDF file.

The steps are outlined below:

Step 1. Launch your desired browser and open the PDF file you want to work on

Step 2. Go to the toolbar of the browser and select the icon representing "Print". Check to ensure that the destination in the Print dialogue is set as "Save as PDF"

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Step 3. Go to "Customize" > "Custom" (on Chrome). Here, you can type in the specific pages you need, leaving out the ones you want to remove. You can as well choose a page range if the pages you need are close together (for instance, 5-10)

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Step 4. Now, save the changes by choosing "Save". Save the documents in a new location with a new file name.

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From now henceforth, whenever you open the new folder you saved, only the files you selected will show. You can decide to completely delete the initial folder that contains the unwanted files or archive them as backup files.

Bonus Tip: How to Recover PDF File Removed by Accident

Mistakes happen all the time so it won't be a surprise if you accidentally delete a page you still need. Also, there are times that you may just delete PDF pages in bulk, only to realize that you included a page you still need. The only way out is to seek the services of a professional data recovery tool. Recoverit Data Recovery is one such tool that can get the job done and soon, you will have your deleted PDF file back.

Recoverit Data Recovery is a product of Wondershare that is popular for being an excellent recovery software. This tool recovers files lost through system format, accidental delete such as this case, crashed systems, corrupt internal hard drives or damaged external disks, etc. It is compatible with all versions of both Mac and Windows Operating Systems so you can download and use it, no matter your computer system. Furthermore, Recoverit Data Recovery supports the retrieval of files in different formats as documents, ZIP, audio, video, images, and so on. The recovery process is secure and after recovery, you can be sure that your files will not be tampered with from their original form.

The steps below will serve as a detailed guide to enable you to recover your missing files using Recoverit Data Recovery. The user-friendly interface has made it easy for you to carry out the recovery process in three simple steps and you are good to go:

Step 1: Select a Location

On the home interface, you will see the instruction "Select a location to start recovering file". As implied, select the location from where you deleted your PDF file and click on "Start"

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Step 2: Scan the Location

Once you have clicked to start, the scanning process begins. At the top of this window, you will see the progress of the recovery process. The speed of this scanning depends on how large the size of the folder is.

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Step 3: Preview and Save Recovered File

The files that have been found after the scanning process will be displayed for you to preview. If all is intact, you can simply click "Recover" and all your files will be saved.

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The Bottom Line

No one wants to be left with the bulky work of going through large PDF files just to get to the ones that are necessary for use. This is why learning how to delete unwanted pages from PDF is important. This article has succeeded in showing you just how to achieve this by providing tools, methods, and easy-to-follow steps included.

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