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How to Combine PDF Documents Into One

Updated on July 9, 2012
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

If you've got multiple PDF documents scattered throughout your computer that relate to a similar subject, consider using Adobe Acrobat to combine those separate documents into one document. However, take care to use the full version of Acrobat, as the free Acrobat Reader doesn't perform this function. The process of merging multiple PDF documents can be done in a few clicks, but can take some time if you're merging larger documents.

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Navigate to where one of the PDF files you want to merge with another PDF file is located on your computer.Right-click the file, click "Open With" and then select the full version of Adobe Acrobat on your computer -- not the free Reader version.Click "Document."Click "Insert Pages" and then click "From File" to open the Select File to Insert dialog box.Select the PDF file you want to merge with your open PDF document and then click "Select."Select the location where the PDF pages should be inserted.Scroll through the document to make sure the PDF inserted correctly.
Navigate to where one of the PDF files you want to merge with another PDF file is located on your computer.
Navigate to where one of the PDF files you want to merge with another PDF file is located on your computer. | Source
Right-click the file, click "Open With" and then select the full version of Adobe Acrobat on your computer -- not the free Reader version.
Right-click the file, click "Open With" and then select the full version of Adobe Acrobat on your computer -- not the free Reader version. | Source
Click "Document."
Click "Document." | Source
Click "Insert Pages" and then click "From File" to open the Select File to Insert dialog box.
Click "Insert Pages" and then click "From File" to open the Select File to Insert dialog box. | Source
Select the PDF file you want to merge with your open PDF document and then click "Select."
Select the PDF file you want to merge with your open PDF document and then click "Select." | Source
Select the location where the PDF pages should be inserted.
Select the location where the PDF pages should be inserted. | Source
Scroll through the document to make sure the PDF inserted correctly.
Scroll through the document to make sure the PDF inserted correctly. | Source

Process for Combining Two PDF Documents Into One

  1. Navigate to one of the PDF documents you want to combine with another PDF document on your computer.
  2. Right-click that PDF document to open a context menu.
  3. Click "Open With" in the context menu and then select the full version of Adobe Acrobat that you have on your computer. The free version of Adobe Acrobat doesn't let you merge documents.
  4. Click "Document" in the menu along the top of the Acrobat program window that opens to open a context menu.
  5. Select "Insert Pages" and then click "From File." The Select File to Insert dialog box opens.
  6. Navigate to where the file you want to combine with the PDF file you have open and then click to select that file. Click "Select." The Insert Pages dialog box opens.
  7. In the Page section on the lower half of the dialog box, select your starting point for inserting the PDF file you selected into the PDF file that's open. For example, you can choose the first page or last page in the PDF document that's currently open, or you can select a specific page to start from.
  8. In the upper half of the Insert Pages dialog box, select whether the pages should be inserted before or after your selected starting point and then click "OK." A progress bar appears in the lower-right corner of the screen displaying the progress of the merging of the two PDF documents. After the progress bar disappears, the resulting document will be the combined document.

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