Combine documents into one PDF

Combine documents into one PDF

Learn how to combine and arrange documents, spreadsheets, emails, and other file types into a single PDF. (See how, 5 min)

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Locate Combine Files tool

Select the Combine Files tool from the Tool Center.

Select the Combine Files Tool

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Add files to combine

Choose from a variety of file types — documents, spreadsheets, images, emails, and more — to combine into one PDF.

  1. Select Add Files and navigate to the location of the files you wish to add. You can add files or a folder from your computer, or add content directly from a scanner, web page, or your Clipboard.

  2. Select one or more files to add.

  3. Click the Add Files button.

You can repeat these steps as many times as necessary to include all of the content you'd like to combine into your final PDF.

Select Add Files

You can also add files by using drag and drop directly from your desktop or file system.

Add files by using drag and drop

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Preview document contents

Once you add files, you can hover your mouse over one of the thumbnails and click the magnifying glass to see an enlarged preview.

Click the X in the upper right-hand corner to close the preview.

Preview document

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Arrange pages in multiple-page documents

Multi-page documents are indicated by a plus sign (+) just above the file icon. A banner over the thumbnail indicates the number of pages or slides. Click + to expand so you can view the thumbnails of each page in the file and verify which pages to add to the combined PDF.

You can also arrange individual pages in or around other documents in the Combine Files dialog box.

Arrange pages

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Adjust preview magnification

Sometimes the thumbnails do not all fit in the display area. To decrease or increase the size of the thumbnails, click the slider in the lower left corner and slide it left or right.

Adjust preview magnification

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Delete pages

To remove unwanted pages, or files, click the file or page preview, then click the trash can icon.

Note: Use Shift + click to select a series of pages to remove. Use Cmd (Mac) + click, or Ctrl (Win) + click, to select specific pages to remove. When you select pages, the pages are only removed from the combined PDF. The original file remains intact.

Delete pages

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Reorder pages

To reorder pages, click the page thumbnail and drag it to its new location. A blue line indicates where the page will be placed once you release your mouse.

Reorder pages

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Combine files

When you are finished, click Combine Files. Acrobat automatically names (e.g., Binder1.pdf) and opens the new file once it finishes processing.

From here, you can rename, edit, and review the new document as necessary. You can also select the Combine Files or Organize Pages tool in the toolbar to add more pages.

Combine files

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Donna Baker

Donna has authored numerous books on Adobe Acrobat. She's a founding member of, contributing hundreds of videos and tutorials. She's an artist and designer living in central Canada with her husband, daughter, and a flock of hound dogs.