How Do You Make a PDF File Smaller?


Quick Answer

To make a PDF file smaller on a Windows PC, right click the file and select the "Send to" option from the menu. Select "Compressed (zipped) folder and then upload the file wherever needed. On a Mac, navigate to the "File" menu and then choose "Export." In the new window, choose "Reduce File Size."

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If a PDF file is too large to store or to send, then compressing it to a zipped folder or reducing the file size can help to solve that problem. Afterward, the file can be uploaded or saved.

  1. On a Windows PC
  2. Find the file that needs compressing and right click the file's icon to start the reduction process. Select "Send to" from the right click menu and then click "Compressed (zipped) folder." Rename the file if necessary and upload it or save it to the required disc.
  3. On a Mac
  4. Open the file and then click "File." Choose "Export" from the "File" menu. In the menu that pops up, choose "Reduce File Size." Verify that the file is compressed to a smaller size and upload as needed. Verify that the file size is indeed smaller and can be uploaded wherever needed. On a Mac, compressing the file size may reduce the quality of the document when viewed or printed.
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