Sometimes we don't need the entire document, and some of them are so huge they don't fit on a flash drive. There may be only a few interesting pages in the document, so it's best to save them as a separate small PDF file.
Method 1 of 6: Using Acrobat Professional (Windows and macOS)
Step 1. Launch Adobe Acrobat Professional, and then open the desired PDF document
Step 2. Open the Pages panel on the left of the Acrobat window
This panel displays thumbnails (small images) of the pages of the PDF document.
Step 3. Move the pages
In the Pages panel, move the thumbnails of the pages you want to extract so that they are next to each other.
- For example, if you want to retrieve the first and third pages, move the third page thumbnail up so that a blue bar appears above the second page thumbnail to indicate where the dragged page will be positioned.
- The third page will now be located immediately after the first.
Step 4. Open the Document menu, click the Pages icon, and then click Checkout
You can also right-click on any page to open this menu.
The Extract Pages window appears
Step 5. Specify the page range
If the Extract Pages window displays the wrong page range, enter the range you want.
Step 6. Change the settings
If you want the retrieved pages to be removed from the original document, check the box next to "Remove pages after retrieval."
To save each page you extract as a separate file, select the check box next to Extract pages to separate files. Otherwise, all retrieved pages will be saved in one file
Step 7. Click on "OK"
The program will extract the required pages and save them in a new PDF document.
Step 8. Save and close the new document
You can enter a name for the new file and select a folder to save it, and then return to the original document. Click “Save” to save the file as PDF, or click “Save As” to choose from a variety of formats, such as PDF, PNG, JPEG, Word, and so on.
Step 9. Restore the original file
If the extracted pages have not been removed from the original document, and you want to arrange the pages the way they were, open the File menu and choose Revert. Otherwise, save the modified document as usual.
Method 2 of 6: Using the Google Chrome browser
Step 1. Launch Google Chrome
Step 2. Press Ctrl + O
A window will open where you can find the PDF file you want.
Step 3. Find or enter the name of the desired file, and then click "Open"
The PDF opens in a browser window.
Step 4. Click on the icon that looks like three dots in the upper right corner
A menu will open.
Step 5. Click "Print"
Step 6. Click on "Change" in the "Printer" menu
Step 7. Click "Save as PDF"
Step 8. Check the box next to the "All" option, and then enter the desired page range
Step 9. Click on "Save"
Step 10. Enter a name for the new file, select a folder to save, and then click on "Save" (do all this in the window that opens)
Method 3 of 6: Using Preview (on macOS)
Step 1. Start the "Viewer" program
Now open the required PDF document and click on the "Thumbnails" button at the top of the window. A panel appears with thumbnails (small images) of the pages of the PDF document.
Step 2. Move the pages
Move the thumbnails of the pages you want to extract so that they are next to each other. You can also hold down the Shift key and click on each desired thumbnail to select it.
Step 3. Open the "File" menu and click "Print"
In the Print window, enter the desired page range. If the thumbnails of the pages you want are already selected, in the thumbnail panel, click Selected Pages.
Step 4. Save the selected pages in PDF format
In the lower left corner of the Print window, click PDF and click Save as PDF.
Step 5. Enter a name for the file
Open the folder where the file will be saved, enter a file name, and then save it.
Method 4 of 6: Using the SmallPDF online service (on any platform)
Step 1. Open the Smallpdf site
Go to https://smallpdf.com/en/merge-pdf in a web browser.
Step 2. Download the required PDF document
To do this, simply drag the PDF file (s) to the purple "Drop PDF Here" box.
Step 3. Change the layout of the pages
Press Page Mode to display thumbnails of all pages in your document. Each thumbnail has a page number underneath (the letter in front of the number indicates the document). To remove unwanted pages, click on the "X" in the upper right corner of the thumbnail (to display it, hover over the thumbnail)
Step 4. Combine the required pages into one document
To do this, click "Combine PDF" on the right and under the page thumbnails. The new PDF document will be automatically downloaded to your computer; you will find it in your downloads folder.
Method 5 of 6: Using CutePDF Writer
Step 1. Go to the CutePDF website
Now click on "CutePDF Writer". You will be taken to the download page for the free CutePDF Writer program.
Step 2. Download the required files
You need to download the CutePDF installer and the GPL Ghostscript converter. This can be done on the download page of the program.
Step 3. Run the downloaded files
Install the converter first and then the CutePDF Writer program. Note that this program cannot be started - it will install itself as the printer you choose from the Print menu of another program.
Step 4. Open the required PDF document
Do this in any PDF viewer. Now open the Print window and select the pages you want. You can also specify a page range in the "Range" line.
Step 5. Open the menu with available printers
The available printers may appear in the Print window as a list rather than a menu. Select "CutePDF" from the menu or list and click on "Print".
Step 6. Select a folder to save the new file and enter its name
Do this in the window that opens after you click "Print". Be aware that CutePDF will not print anything - a new PDF will be generated from the selected pages.
Method 6 of 6: Using PDFsam
Step 1. Download PDFsam from this site
Open the site and download the version of the program that matches the operating system of your device.
Step 2. Install PDFsam software
The installer can be downloaded for Windows and macOS, and if you download the archive (ZIP file), you can use it on any system that supports Java.
Step 3. Select a module to merge / extract pages
Launch PDFsam and then select the module for merging / extracting pages.
Step 4. Open the required PDF file
Click on “Add” and select the desired document in the window.
Step 5. Specify the pages you want to extract
Double-click the Page Selection field and then enter the page numbers or range. Separate the page number and ranges with commas.
Step 6. Enter a name for the new file and select the folder where it will be saved
Step 7. Click on "Run"
You will hear a beep when the specified pages are retrieved.