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Change pdf page size using Acrobat DC

New Here ,
Feb 09, 2016 Feb 09, 2016

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Easy way to change pdf document page size from US Letter to A4

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Community Expert , Oct 01, 2017 Oct 01, 2017

Here is infornation about how to use Preflight in Acrobat DC Pro to scale pages: Scaling Page Content in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC - KHKonsulting LLC

To use the crop tool, you need to use two steps: you have to enlarge the page first and the crop it down to the target size. The problem is that Letter is wider, but shorter than A4, the change page size only works if both new sided are at least the original size, in this case, one side would be smaller. In the first step, you size the pages to the heig

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Community Expert ,
Oct 01, 2017 Oct 01, 2017

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In Acrobat DC Pro you can use the Preflight tool to change the page size.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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No such thing in the 2019 version

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Community Expert ,
Oct 01, 2017 Oct 01, 2017

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Here is infornation about how to use Preflight in Acrobat DC Pro to scale pages: Scaling Page Content in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC - KHKonsulting LLC

To use the crop tool, you need to use two steps: you have to enlarge the page first and the crop it down to the target size. The problem is that Letter is wider, but shorter than A4, the change page size only works if both new sided are at least the original size, in this case, one side would be smaller. In the first step, you size the pages to the height of an A4 page and the width of a letter page, and in the second step you crop the page to the target A4 size.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 02, 2017 Oct 02, 2017

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I have a similar problem.

I'm using Acrobat Pro XI in Win 10.  I started with double pages in one PDF file.  As I cropped them into single pages I saved them in separate files.  Then I combined them into one file, figuring I would put the pages in their proper order in the thumbnail column.  Everything looked fine in the thumbnail column but in the editing column some of the pages were much smaller than the others.  I fooled around in the crop mode but nothing stayed the way it should.  When I enlarged the page to 8.5"x11" the text stayed the same smaller size.  I closed the file and reopened it later and all the pages were aligned in the same size, with the text filling the page they way it was originally.  Don't know why but I'll take it.  So I attached the file to an email and sent it.  The recipient said the pages were all different sizes.  I opened the file again and there was the same problem; pages of different sizes.

I'm out of solutions.    Any thoughts?


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Explorer ,
Jul 23, 2018 Jul 23, 2018

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Thanks!  The preflight is what works best.  Please note that you may have to add the "Print Production" tool to your menu so follow the instructions Karl gives in the link.  AA DC (at least via Mac) doesn't allow to Print to Acrobat PDF or any PDF via the Print function.

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Explorer ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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NO MATTER WHAT METHOD...

...for 30+ years, I always get the same or similar ERROR:   

"Cannot reduce page size"...

 

I've seen this error before. 

In fact, I've seen this error more than 10,000 times over 30+ years.  

Of course, I know it is USER error.  I know. I KNOW!!

STUPID ME!  I have been paying for the WRONG "productivity" application my entire adult life.

 

----------  SOLVED!!!  RESIZE THEIR DOCUMENT THE EZ WAY  -----------

  1.   PRINT your document (8.5" x 11" or whatever size) and remove it from your printer 
  2.   PREPARE to SCAN your printed document;
  3.   PLACE the printed document on a scanner (or place it in the feeder);  
  4.   OPEN the Scanner software application on your system
  5.   CHANGE the default SCAN OUTPUT from 100% down to 10%, 25%, 33%, 50% of the original 
  6.   SET the finished file FORMAT to be PDF or .PNG, .JPEG, or .TIFF. 
  7.   SCAN it
  8.   SAVE the scanned image in the same format already chosen above (PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF)  
  9.   OPEN your file using Adobe Acrobat and it will open as a PDF

 

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

OF COURSE, this method too has its limitations, but at least you'll feel much better and you can take the loaded pistol out of your mouth.  Keep in mind, you can still use OCR and convert it to MS-Word, RTF, etc and hack at it from this angle...

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Community Expert ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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Why does you post this bad advice?

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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Because that's easier than using Acrobat.

 

Which tells us there is a problem with the program, because it should only need one screen and one drop-down box. From memory, it used to be like this in version 8 or 9.

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New Here ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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Ok, I work in AEC and this was always an issue. I finally found a good way to rescale large-format sheets  (i.e. Arch D) to say, 11x17.

1. Open the subject file that you wish to reduce in size.

2. Go to 'Print' the page and select Adobe PDF.

3. Deselect "Choose paper source by PDF page asize"

4. Go to 'Page Setup' and select the size you wish to reduce the sheet to. For me it is usually always to 11x17 or 12x18. Select orientation as required.

5. Use the 'Fit' option in Page Sizing & Handling or other scaling means to get the size you want. I have to use custom scale often to maintain proportions of scaled plans, but that's just me.

6. Select Print, and oyu will be prompted to the save dialog box. Save your file and it should be at the new size you specified.

Hope this helps!

David Castello

Associate AIA

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Community Expert ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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Printing to Adobe PDF is a bad idea.

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Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

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Why is it a bad idea?

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 12, 2018 Sep 12, 2018

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I'm never sure why Adobe never tells you how to do this since it's right in the application. Use the Print Production tool. Click that, then click Preflight. Under the Profiles tab, be sure you're toggled to Pages. Now here's the trick - you'll see 3 little icons next to the Show All tab. Click the Wrench!! Scroll down and you'll see "Scale pages to specified size (Scales all pages of the PDF proportionally to entered value (fit from the inside and add white space)." 
Click on the Edit flag. In the fixup category you should be on Pages, Type of Fixup is Scale pages.
Choose the short edge and put in the new size you want. For example, if you're scaling from 34x22 down to 17x11, the short edge is 11, the long edge is 17. Apply to all pages. Or conversely, I was scaling UP 10x5.63 to 17x11. Short edge is 11, long edge is 17. For the adjustment I chose Fit from inside. It took my art and scaled it up from the center to fill the new 17" completely, on the short side it filled the top and bottom with white.

If I were scaling from the 34x22 to 17x11, I would adjust it to "Fit from outside (scale page edges proportionally). It would essentially scale the file at 50%.
Once you find this and work with it, you'll never have to rebuild a file again (as long as you're ok with some white space on a side that can't fill proportionally.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 12, 2018 Sep 12, 2018

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Oops. Forgot to say, to run this after entering your number, click the little Fix wrench in the lower right corner.

You may need to experiment a bit to get exactly what you want, but it's well worth it.

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New Here ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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THANK YOU SO MUCH! this was quite a frustrating process but your instructions worked to the T.  How can I make this answer go to the top? 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 04, 2021 Sep 04, 2021

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You are most welcome! I'm always surprised this isn't used more. So much easier than rebuilding the file (in InDesign where it was made, for example) and scaling it all up manually, which is just ridiculous. Happy it worked for you.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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No such thing in version 2019. 

This is history you are preaching from an old version.

New version cannot do it easily at all.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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It is possible in the Pro edition.

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May 22, 2020 May 22, 2020

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I'm using the latest Acrobat Pro DC. There does not appear to be a "Scale pages to specified size" option in Preflight under Pages. Under Pages I see:

  • Auto-correct nesting of page geometry boxes
  • Convert page content to CMYK...
  • Conver page content into RGB...
  • Remove page objects...
  • Substitute characters...

Any help would be appreciated.

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May 22, 2020 May 22, 2020

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You can create your own fixup.

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New Here ,
May 22, 2020 May 22, 2020

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Thanks, that worked.

 

For anyone like me who is new to this here are the steps I used to create the Fixup

 

  1. Go to the Print Production tool
  2. Select Preflight
  3. Click the wrench tool
  4. Select options (dropdown upper right) and choose "Create Fixup"
  5. Type "scale" in the Type of Fixup and select "Scale pages"
  6. Choose how you want to scale the pages - I changed the "Unit" from percent to "Inch" and did 8.5 for the short edge and 11 for the long edge

 

This worked well but it disabled the internal links in my table of contents. Small issue compared to the scaling though so I'll take it.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2022 Jan 12, 2022

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YES!  Now 2022 (heaven help us) and still valuable advice.  IT WORKED on a PDF I had that was set on legal-size that I needed to convert to letter-size.  One suggestion - create a new variable and save it using the name "Scale to Letter Size" and THEN make it a Favorite.....helps you find it.  THANK YOU.  Why Adobe doesn't make this a prominent feature (I had to add the Print Production tool to my tool list) is beyond me.  THANK YOU again.

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Sep 07, 2022 Sep 07, 2022

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OH MY GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH

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Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

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You are amazing! I have been struggling with this every quarter when I publish a newsletter and import pages from contributors. Thank you so much for finally giving directions that work and don't revert back to previous sizes when sending or reopending the pdf!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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Turtle, the question was asked in 2016 and I replied in 2018. Bernd's fix below is updated in May 2020 and it works.

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Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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THANK YOU! This is the exact solution I was looking for!

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