Change pdf page size using Acrobat DC

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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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Adobe Community Professional , 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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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016

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Hi iana2776730,

Please refer this KB doc https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/scale-or-resize-printed-pages.html‌ and check if this helps.

Let us know if you need any further help.

Regards,

Meenakshi

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2017 Dec 16, 2017

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does not help. I can't crop every page...is there a way to simply scale the file size? This seems very basic, but I can't find it anywhere!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 16, 2017 Dec 16, 2017

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We need a bit more information. What are you trying to accomplish? Have you tried the rescale func I mentioned above?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Dec 17, 2017 Dec 17, 2017

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If you're interested I've developed a tool that allows you to do it quite easily: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat -- Scale PDF Pages

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Explorer ,
Feb 23, 2020 Feb 23, 2020

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I'm commisserating with you, Donald. I don't want to process hundreds of pages of a PDF by resizing each one individually. This is a serious flaw in Acrobat's design/tool set. 

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Follow these steps in Adobe Acrobat:

 

1. Tools

2. Organize Pages

3. Right click first page

4. Crop Pages

5. Apply edits in "Change Page Size" and/or "Page Range" boxes

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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its work thanks

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New Here ,
Dec 09, 2016 Dec 09, 2016

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Under edit PDF find the crop tool. Draw a box around your page, doesn't matter what size, and hit enter. In the dialog box that opens on the bottom left is Change Page Size. Select custom and change the page to the size you desire.

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Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2017

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I got a dialog box that said "Page size may not be reduced" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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LEGEND ,
Oct 01, 2017 Oct 01, 2017

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Most likely you will cut some content in changing the page size. Unlike Word PDFs do not reflow their content on the changing of page sizes.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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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Adobe Community Professional ,
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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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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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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Printing to Adobe PDF is 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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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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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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It is possible in the Pro edition.

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New Here ,
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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Adobe Community Professional ,
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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