You don't need to pay for Adobe Acrobat to combine your PDFs into one document. Here are two ways to do it.
Merging multiple PDFs together shouldn't be stressful. Sure, working with lots of different documents can get tricky, but there are a few easy ways you can combine PDFs together, whether you're constructing a portfolio or just looking for ways to cut down on file clutter.
One of the most popular tools for combining PDFs is Adobe Acrobat, but that software will cost you at least $13 a month for a subscription. Luckily, there are a few other ways you can combine PDFs for free, no matter what type of computer you're using.
Here's how to combine multiple PDFs for free, whether you're working on a Windows device or a Mac. (We've also got tricks for how to easily sign PDFs, and four free apps for better PDF editing.)
If you're using Windows, you'll need a third-party app to help you combine PDFs. We tested a few, and found a solid option in PDF Merger & Splitter by AnywaySoft. It's available through the Microsoft Store for free.
Here's how to merge PDFs with this app:
If you want to customize your merger a bit more, such as by changing the order of pages or only adding in certain parts of each PDF, you'll have to split them first. To do that, select Split when the app opens. Choose which individual pages or page ranges you want to pull out. You can save them as one PDF, or as individual PDFs.
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On Mac, you can combine PDFs with a built-in tool found in Preview, according to Apple Support.
Here's how to combine two PDFs:
And here's how to combine parts of one PDF with another PDF:
You can rotate, delete and reorder pages from the thumbnail section, too.
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