How to Extract Pages from PDF? Best 5 Methods in 2019!

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Being a popular document format, the Portable Document Format is used by almost everyone across the globe. It is not uncommon for PDF users to want to extract pages from PDF. For example, someone may want to create a cut-down version of a longer PDF featuring relevant pages only. In this article, we will focus on showing you how to extract pages from PDF. 

Top 5 Ways to Extract Pages from PDF Files

1.     Use Google Chrome 

Google Chrome is a free web browser – you can download and install it on your computer without having to part with even a single dollar. Additionally, the browser works on both Mac and Windows PC. 

If you have already installed Google Chrome on your computer, the process of extracting pages from your PDF file should be easy. All you will need to do is follow the simple steps outlined below to extract pages from PDF:

Step 1: Locate Google Chrome on your Window PC or Mac and launch it. 

Step 2: On your Windows PC keyboard, hit the Ctrl + O buttons at the same time. If you are using the Mac computer, you will need to hit the command key and the letter O. This should open a dialogue box that allows you to find the file from which you would like to extract pages. 

Step 3: After locating the PDF file, open it in Google Chrome.

Step 4: After opening the file, tap the three-vertical dots available on the top-right corner. This should pull down a menu. 

Step 5: On the menu, select the Print… option. 

Step 6: Tap the Change button. This should be available next to the Destination option.

Step 7: On the dialog that appears, choose Save as PDF.

Step 8: Select the desired page range – this range should indicate the pages you would like to extract. 

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Step 9: Hit the Save button. This should extract pages from PDF. On the popup that appears, you will just need to select the location where you would like to store the extracted document. Additionally, give the document a name before hitting the Save button again. 

2.     Extract Pages from PDF Using Preview on MacOS

If the computer you are using is running MacOS, you can use the preview feature. This feature is built into the operating system. To learn how to extract pages from PDF using the Preview feature, you will need to follow the simple steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: Launch the Preview feature on your computer. 

Step 2: Next, open the document whose pages you wish to extract and then hit the Thumbnail button (this should be available at the top of the window). The thumbnail tray should appear, indicating the pages present in the opened document. 

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Step 3: Shift-click to select the pages you would like to extract. 

Step 4: After selecting the pages, go to File and then select Print. On the print dialog, enter the page range you would like to print. If you have already selected the pages on the sidebar, simply choose the Selected Pages option. 

Step 5: At the bottom of the print dialog, hit the PDF button and then choose Save as PDF. 

Step 6: Navigate to the location where you would like to save the extracted pages. Give the pages a name and then hit the save button. 

3.     How to Extract Pages from PDF Using Adobe Acrobat Pro 

This method will require you to install Adobe Acrobat Pro on your computer. Versions for both Mac and Windows PC are available. Keep in mind that Adobe Acrobat Pro is quite different from Adobe Reader. Most PDF users will have the Adobe Reader on their computers. In this section, we will specifically focus on Adobe Acrobat Pro. In the next section, we will focus on the Adobe Reader. 

To learn how to extract pages from PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro, follow the steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: After launching Adobe Acrobat Pro on your Mac or Windows PC, launch the PDF document from which you would like to extract pages. 

Step 2: Tap the Pages tab. This should display the pages pane, showing all the thumbnail images for all the pages you have on your document. 

Step 3: In the Pages pane, drag the thumbnail images of all the pages you would like to extract. Arrange them in your preferred order. 

To give you an example, if your goal is to extract the 1st and 3rd pages of the PDF file, you will need to drag the third-page thumbnail image upwards until you see a blue bar above the thumbnail of the 2nd page. The blue bar indicates the new position of the third page when you release the thumbnail. 

Step 4: On the Document menu, you will need to point to click the Pages icon and then choose Extract. Alternatively, you can right-click on the selected pages and then choose Extract from the menu that appears. A dialog box for page extraction should appear. 

Step 5: If the page range that shows is not correct, you can enter the correct page range. 

Step 6: Adjust the settings. If you would like to delete the extracted pages from your initial document after the extraction, be sure to select the “Delete Pages After Extracting” box. To create a new file for every page you extract from the PDF file, you will need to check the “Extract Pages as Separate Files” checkbox. To keep the extracted pages on the same file, leave the checkbox unchecked. 

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Step 7: Click the Ok button. Acrobat should extract the specified pages into a new document. To complete the process, select the location where you would like to save the document > give the document a name and then save it. 

Note: Adobe Acrobat is not free. However, you can take advantage of the tool’s week-long free trial version. 

4.     Extract Pages from PDF from Adobe Reader

It is possible to extract pages from PDF using the Adobe Reader. For this to work, however, the PDF document should not feature any security restrictions against printing. This is because you will be printing the extracted pages into a new PDF file. To learn how to extract pages from PDF from Adobe Reader, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open the PDF document in Adobe Reader. 

Step 2: Tap the Print button. 

Step 3: In the type of printer you would like to use, choose the Adobe PDF Printer. 

Step 4: Select the Current Page under the Pages to Print – this is if your goal is to extract the page you are viewing. 

Note: To extract multiple pages, you will either need to select these pages or simply enter the page range on the Print dialog. 

Step 5: Select the save location. After giving the file a name, tap the save button to complete the process. 

5.     Use Online Programs to Extract Pages from PDF

If you have an internet connection, you can extract pages from PDF using online programs. The programs are usually free. Hence, you should be able to avoid spending your money on programs such as Adobe Acrobat Pro. Additionally, compared to using a web browser, the online programs are much easier to use. 

The main downside you will come across if you decide to use an online program is that the information in your PDF file may be accessed by third-parties. After uploading your file to the online program’s server, you will not have the ability to control who can or can’t view the document. For this reason, only use the online programs if your document does not feature sensitive data. 

Below, we will show you how to extract pages from PDF using various online programs. 

Using Sejda.com 

Step 1: Visit https://www.sejda.com/extract-pdf-pages on your computer web browser.

Step 2: The tool will allow you to upload your PDF document from the local hard drive and from cloud storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. You can even enter the URL. 

Step 3: After uploading the file, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the extraction process and to download the file. 

Note

  • The program claims that the files you upload will stay private and will be deleted automatically after 2 hours. While this could be true, there is no way to verify the claims. Hence, it is still a good idea that you avoid uploading sensitive documents. 
  • The free services will allow you to work with documents featuring up to 200 pages or 50MB. You can only perform 3 tasks per hour with the free version. 

Using Pdfpro.co 

Step 1: Visit https://www.pdfpro.co/extract-pages-pdf

Step 2: Drag and drop the file you would like to extract in the work area. 

Step 3: After the upload is complete, tick the box next to the file name. Next, choose the Edit tab. This should be available on the top left corner of the screen. Choose Remove Pages, followed by Extract Pages. This should launch the Wizard for page extraction. Now, select the page range that you would like to extract. 

Step 4: Download the file after the extraction. The online program allows you only 3 free downloads. For unlimited downloads, you will have to sign up for the annual or monthly subscription. 

Use SmallPDF.com 

Step 1: Visit https://smallpdf.com/split-pdf

Step 2: Upload the file from which you want to extract the pages. You can upload your file from the local storage. You can also tap the “FROM GOOGLE DRIVE” or FROM DROPBOX” options to upload the files from cloud storage. 

Step 3: Depending on your end goal, choose either “Select Pages to Extract” or “Extract every page into a PDF”.

Step 4: If you want to extract a number of pages, you will need to select these pages manually. 

Step 5: Finally, hit the Split PDF button. Wait for the extraction process to complete. Finally, download your document. 

Summary 

Contrary to what most PDF users think, extracting pages from a PDF file is not as complicated as it might appear. In this article, we have outlined the top methods you can use to extract pages from PDF. For non-sensitive documents, use free online programs. For the sensitive documents, you can use the methods that do not involve uploading your files to a third-party server. With free trials for computer programs, you may not need to spend any of your money.

Author: Treyton Collins

A tech editor for Starzsoft.com offering professional how-to articles for Windows, Android and Apple users.