Combine two or more files into a single PDF in the office or on the go. Drag and drop thumbnails to arrange pages in the right order from your computer or any web browser.
This document provides instructions for Acrobat DC and Acrobat 2017. If you're using Acrobat XI, see Acrobat XI Help.
Use the Combine Files tool to merge Word, Excel, PowerPoint, audio, or video files, web pages, or existing PDFs. Acrobat lets you preview and arrange the documents and pages before creating the file. You can delete unwanted pages and move individual pages from a document anywhere among the pages being combined. Acrobat converts the pages of the various files into sequential pages of a single PDF.
Drag files or emails directly into the Combine Files interface. Alternatively, choose an option from the Add Files menu. You can add a folder of files, a web page, any currently open files, items in the clipboard, pages from a scanner, an email, or a file you combined previously (Reuse Files).
If you add a folder that contains files other than PDFs, the non-PDF files are not added.
In the Thumbnail view, drag-and-drop the file or page into position. As you drag, a blue bar moves between pages or documents to indicate the current position.
Expand pages or Collapse Document
In the Thumbnail view, hover over the page or file and then click the Expand pages thumbnail . In expanded view, you can easily move the individual pages among the other pages and documents.
To collapse the pages, hover over the first page and then click the Collapse Document thumbnail .
In the List view, click the column name that you want to sort by. Click again to sort in reverse order. The order of files in the list reflects the order of the files in the combined PDF. Sorting rearranges the pages of the combined PDF.
Smaller File Size
Reduces large images to screen resolution and compresses the images by using low-quality JPEG. This option is suitable for onscreen display, email, and the Internet.
Note: If any of the source files are already PDFs, the Smaller File Size option applies the Reduce File Size feature to those files. The Reduce File Size feature is not applied if either the Default File Size or Larger File Size option is selected.
Default File Size
Create PDFs suitable for reliable viewing and printing of business documents. The PDF files in the list retain their original file size and quality.
Larger File Size
Creates PDFs suitable for printing on desktop printers. Applies the High Quality Print conversion preset and the PDF files in the list retain the original file size and quality.
This option may result in a larger file size for the final PDF.
You can also add an existing file to an opened PDF. Drag the file icon directly into the Page Thumbnails panel in the navigation pane.
You can insert one or more pages of selected content copied from any application into an existing PDF.
You can insert a web page into an existing PDF by choosing Tools > Organize Pages > Insert > From Web Page. In the dialog box that appears, enter the URL of the page that you want to add.
You can also add a blank page to your PDF document by:
- Choosing Tools > Organize Pages > Insert > Blank Page.
In the Insert Pages dialog box, specify the location where you want to add the blank page.
- You can also use the Insert overlay menu to add a blank page in between to pages. Choose Tools > Organize Pages to get the page thumbnail view. In the page thumbnail view, click the Insert overlay icon in between the two pages where you want to insert a blank page. From the Insert menu, select Insert Blank Page.
You can incorporate PDFs into other types of files that support Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), such as InDesign® or Word files. These files are called OLE container documents. Later, if you edit the original PDF, the OLE features in the container application updates the embedded file in the container document, to reflect your changes.