How to Combine PDFs on Mac to One PDF Document On Mac

Last Updated on Jan 3, 2022

Be a PDF Making and Editing expert with the basic tips and Pro tips that’s really helpful when you have a No any Third-Party PDF editing software or Don’t trust free online PDF makers and editing tools. So, Follow this tutorial on how to Create PDF from multiple PDFs on Mac and Create a Single PDF from Multiple PDF pages Using the Preview app.

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The preview app is an ideal option to edit PDF on Mac, if you are a beginner then Don’t worry and try the below tips on macOS Monterey or earlier macOS version. as we know we can create PDF from any Apple Documents like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Webpage in safari. Go to the Top Menu and File > Export to > PDF.

If you have multiple PDFs files from different documents then don’t worry we can merge it or combine it into a single PDF document in your Page order.

Way 1: Create a single PDF from multiple PDFs mac

Note: First take Backup for all the PDF files for safety purposes, you can revert to the original but not sure what are the chances for you to get it.

  1. Open PDF document into Preview app, right-click on PDF file, and Open With > Preview. That’s the default option if you didn’t change it.Open PDF file in Preview on Mac
  2. Now, Open the Thumbnail preview from the option ” icon for choose Sidebar display” given on Preview tools, Select Thumbnail.View PDF pages in Thumbnail preview on Mac
  3. Select the Page in PDF preview Thumbnail, and Drage it to a new Position to re-arrange the sequence of pages in PDF.Re-arrange Pages in PDF file Using Preview
  4. Now, open the Second PDF file in Preview, don’t close the first PDF file. Keep both PDFs side by side on the screen. Move or Drag PDF page from one file to another on Mac
  5. Then Drage the PDF Thumbnail page to the first PDF to add to it.

Edit PDF page before Combine, Ideally all the PDF pages are not in exact size or useless, So we can remove any part of the Page using the PDF markup Editing tool in Preview. Click on the Markup icon to Start Editing.

Markup option in Preview for Edit PDF file on Mac
Markup option in Preview for Edit PDF file on Mac

Use Select tool and then select part of the PDF page and click on the Crop icon to Save the changes.

Select and Drop PDF Page in PDF document on Mac
Select and Drop PDF Page in PDF document on Mac

Now, Move Cropped PDF page we can add to the main PDF file. by Simply Drag & Drop operation.

  1. Repeat the Same steps for Adding more pages from other PDF files at the same time. Use Command + S to Make changes.

Way 2: Combine PDF Files into One PDF Directly Without Open

You don’t have to make Prior changes before combining, just need two whole PDF files into one, in the same sequence. then you can do it.

  1. First Open the PDF file into Preview on Mac.
  2. Find another PDF file location in Finder, and Drage the PDF file in the Preview Thumbnail without opening it. Now, your Two PDF files are merged into one single file.Move PDF file to another PDF file to Combine PDFs in to one on Mac
  3. Still you have an option to Change the PDF page order, Drag & Reorder the Page sequence in PDF from the Thumbnail.
  4. Later on we can Crop, Edit, Add Signature, and more using the PDF markup tool in the Preview app on Mac.

If your PDF document has tens and hundreds of Pages, then, Review it once before you save or print the document.

Re-Order Pages in PDF file on Mac Using Preview

Here’s the simplest way to review all the pages of PDF files at once using the Preview. Not much scrolling, and See the Content to verify the work of your PDF file. Follow the below steps,

  1. Open PDF file in the Preview, right-click on it and Open with > PDF.
  2. Now, Click on Choose Sidebar Display icon. and Select “Contact Sheet“.
  3. Now all the Pages arrange into a Grid. Drage and change the Position of the PDF page.Change Page order in PDF file using preview on Mac
  4. Save the changes to Re-order pages and Numbering. While you Re-open the PDF document, all the page numbers will update automatically.reset page number of PDF file on re-open PDF file on Mac
  5. That’s it.

how do you create a single pdf from multiple pdfs

Means, Delete Page from PDF file on Mac,

There is no direct Shortcut in the Preview toolbar for removing or Deleting a single page or multiple pages from a PDF document in Preview. But we can do it easily,

Delete Pages from PDF using Preview on Mac
Delete Pages from PDF using Preview on Mac

Open PDF file in the Preview Mac app, Select the Page from Preview Thumbnail that you are deleting, Now, Press the Delete button from the keyboard or From the top Menu, Edit > Delete.

To Delete multiple pages from the PDF file, press the Command key from Keyboard > Click on a page one by one to select all. Now, Press the Delete button or Edit > Delete.

That’s it.

Way 3: Add Multiple PDF files into One PDF at Once on Mac

People don’t like to go with this option, because there is too much confusion after adding Multiple PDF files at once. But really important in rare cases. Follow the below steps,

  1. Open PDF file in Preview on Mac, Right-click on PDF file, Open With > Preview.
  2. Select Page in the Thumbnail Preview, from there you want to add new PDF pages from a file.
  3. Now, From the top Menu, Edit > Insert > Page from the file.Add another PDF files between one PDF on Mac Preview
  4. Select One or more PDF files at once using the Command key and click on Open.Combine PDFs to One PDF on Mac using Preview
  5. That’s it.

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