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How to Compress a PDF and Reduce Its File Size?

Compressing a PDF is an easy task and won't take much of your time.

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If you send PDFs via email quite often you may have run into the problem of the PDF file size being too big to be sent as an attachment. Other attachments like a picture can be easily split into multiple parts and sent separately, but with a PDF file, you don’t really have that option. One of the solutions to this problem is uploading the PDF to Google Drive and sharing it as a link in the email. But if you want to send the PDF itself in the mail, you will need to compress its size first. In this article, we show you how to compress a PDF and reduce its file size.

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Use Adobe Acrobat Pro

Step 1: Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

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Step 2: Click on ‘File’ and select Reduce File Size or Compress PDF.

Step 2: Click on ‘File’ and select Reduce File Size or Compress PDF.

Step 3: Select the location where you want to save the file and hit save. 

Use the Adobe Acrobat online compressor

Step 1: Go to the official Adobe website.

Step 2: Click on ‘PDF & E-signatures’ and select ‘Online tools’.

Step 2: Click on ‘PDF & E-signatures’ and select ‘Online tools’.

Step 3: Scroll down and select ‘Compress PDF’.

Step 3: Scroll down and select ‘Compress PDF’.

Step 4: Click on ‘Select a file’ and upload the PDF file you want to compress.

Step 4: Click on ‘Select a file’ and upload the PDF file you want to compress.

Step 5: Once the file is uploaded, select the compression level. For the smallest file size, select ‘High compression’ and click on ‘Compress’.

Step 5: Once the file is uploaded, select the compression level. For the smallest file size, select ‘High compression’ and click on ‘Compress’.

Step 6: Your PDF will be compressed with its file size now reduced. Click on ‘Download’ to save the compressed PDF.

Step 6: Your PDF will be compressed with its file size now reduced. Click on ‘Download’ to save the compressed PDF.

Use Small PDF to reduce PDF file size

Step 1: Go to www.smallpdf.com/compress-pdf.

Step 2: Drop the PDF file in the red box or select a PDF from the file viewer.

Step 2: Drop the PDF file in the red box or select a PDF from the file viewer.

Step 3: Once the file is uploaded, select the compression level. For the smallest file size, select ‘Strong compression’ and click on ‘Compress’. This will require signing in from your Google Account. If you want to compress your PDF without signing up, select ‘Basic compression’.

select the compression level.

Step 4: Your PDF will be compressed and its file size will be reduced. Click on ‘Download’ to save the compressed PDF on your device. 

Your PDF will be compressed and its file size will be reduced

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Conclusion

This is how you can compress a PDF and reduce its file size. The simplest way to compress the file is by using the native compress tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro. However, if you do not have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can use the free online tools mentioned above. Adobe offers a free online compressor on its website. You can also use other PDF compressing tools like SodaPDF, Sejda, and pdf2go.

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