How to Merge PDF Files in Windows

by Amy Dombrower

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a widely used format for finalized electronic documents, interactive forms and documents that are going to be commercially printed. The format can be viewed using any basic PDF reader. PDF content cannot be changed easily, but tools exist to provide assistance, The popular PDF creation software Adobe Acrobat not only can create individual PDF documents but also can merge multiple PDFs into one single document.

Adobe Acrobat 9

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Open Adobe Acrobat.

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Click the "File" menu. Select "Combine," then "Merge Files into a Single PDF."

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Click the "Add Files" menu. Select "Add Files" to merge individual files or "Add Folder" to merge all the files in a single folder.

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Browse your computer's files and select the folder or files you want to add. Press "Control" to select multiple files at once. Click "Add Files." The files you select will be added to the list of files.

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Rearrange the sequence of the files by clicking and dragging a file to a new position in the order. Choose the file size you prefer at the bottom of the window. Click "Combine Files." Wait while Acrobat converts the files into one single PDF.

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Save the new merged PDF document.

Adobe Acrobat 8

1

Open Adobe Acrobat.

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Click the "File" menu. Select "Combine Files."

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Click "Add Files" to merge individual files. Browse your files and press "Ctrl" while selecting multiple files. Click "Add Files." To merge a folder, click "Add Folders," select the folder you want to add, then click "OK." The files will be listed in the "Combine Files" window.

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Rearrange the order of the PDFs by selecting and dragging a file to a new position. Select the file size and conversion setting you prefer. Click "Next."

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Select "Merge files into a single PDF." Click "Create." Wait while Acrobat completes the merging process. Click "Save." Enter a filename for the new merged PDF and select a destination folder for it. Click "Save."

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About the Author

Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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