How to Resize PDF Reader Documents

by Marissa Abernathy

PDF documents may need to be resized for a variety of reasons. Files often need to be compressed for easy distribution and sharing. The size and page scaling of PDF files can be reduced with a variety of free software tools that are available for download. Pages can also be cropped to eliminate unnecessary graphics or text. Metadata and extra characters are frequently removed by programs for compression purposes. When resizing documents, users can choose to maintain the current file quality or reduce the overall resolution. The resized file keeps important content intact for file uploads or archival purposes.

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Download a PDF compressor or resizing program. Many free tools are available for this purpose, including Nitro PDF or NeeviaPDF. NeeviaPDF has a resize tool that allows scaling of individual page sizes and a compress tool that reduces the overall PDF file size. You can also use Adobe Acrobat to edit a PDF file. Note that Adobe Acrobat Reader only allows you to adjust a PDF file printout according to paper size, not the actual file itself.

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Add or upload the PDF file you want to resize. Most tools allow you to browse for the appropriate file through a basic and easy-to-use interface.

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Use the crop or resizing tools to adjust the way individual pages display within the PDF document. Some software programs also allow pages to be merged and rearranged.

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Adjust the overall file size by setting the specific output settings for your new file. Many programs allow you to specify the amount of compression, encryption and compatibility. Depending on the tool you use, you may be able to indicate whether you want to maintain the current resolution or not. Most compressed files should not show a significant loss in quality.

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About the Author

Marissa Abernathy began writing professionally in 2007 on parenting, travel, electronics and technology. She has contributed to the "Norfolk Daily News" and to nonprofit publications of Northwestern Publishing House. As a writer for a web development company, she has provided content for hundreds of resort websites. Abernathy has a dual Bachelor of Arts in art and communicative arts from Wisconsin Lutheran College.

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