How to combine PDFs on Mac: 3 Easy ways

How to combine PDFs on Mac

Most of us use PDFs every day, and macOS makes it easy to combine PDFs. This means you can quickly merge two or more PDF files into one. Moreover, you can also combine specific pages from one PDF into another. This can be done via the Preview app, the Finder, or third-party apps like PDF Expert. Let’s have a look at all these methods and see how to combine PDFs on Mac.

How to merge two or more PDFs on Mac using Preview 

Apple’s default Preview app is pretty powerful. It makes it easy to combine all or part of two or more PDF files into a single PDF. 

NotePreview saves your changes automatically. If you want to keep your original PDFs intact, choose FileDuplicate to make a copy of your PDFs before combining them. 

Follow the steps below to combine one PDF file with another: 

  1. Open the first PDF file you want to combine in Preview.
  2. Click View and select Thumbnails from the top menu.

    Click View and select Thumbnails from Mac
    This will display the page thumbnails in the sidebar.
  3. Click the page thumbnail
  4. Select EditInsertPage from File.

    Select Page from File from edit menu on Mac
  5. Choose the PDF that you want to add and click Open.
    This will add the second PDF to the first one. Drag the thumbnails to rearrange the pages.
  6. Go to File Export as PDF to save your merged file.

How to combine part of a PDF with another PDF on Mac 

  1. Launch Preview.
  2. Open the PDF files you want to combine in separate windows.
    If files open as tabs in the same Preview window, click the Window menu and select Move Tab to New Window.

    Click the Window menu and select Move Tab to New Window on Mac
  3. In each PDF window, click ViewThumbnails.
    This will display the page thumbnails in the sidebar.
  4. Now, drag thumbnails from one file to the other PDF.
    You can use CommandClick to select multiple thumbnails.
  5. Go to FileExport as PDF to save your merged file.

Best way to merge PDF files on Mac using Finder

If you have several PDFs which you want to merge into one, you can do it in the FInder itself. Make sure the PDFs are all in the same folder. Then, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the files you want to merge.
  2. Right-click or Command-click the selected files. 
  3. Go to Quick Actions → select Create PDF
    The Finder will create a new PDF file in the same folder.
  4. You can use Page Thumbnails to reorganize the pages. 
Best way to merge PDF files on Mac using Finder

Note: You can only combine images or PDF files into one. It doesn’t work with .doc or .xls extensions.

How to merge PDFs on Mac using PDF Expert

Although Preview and Finder are adequate, sometimes you may need advanced editing functionalities. That’s where a specialized third-party software like PDF Expert can help. PDF Expert offers many features, discussed in our detailed review. It boasts a few different options to combine PDFs, as explained below.

1. Combine two PDFS

  1. Open the PDF file in PDF Expert.
  2. Click the Page Thumbnails icon.
  3. Click Append File in the top toolbar. 

    Combine two PDFS using PDF Expert
  4. Select the PDF you want to merge.

2. Merge more than two PDFs

First, make sure all the PDFs you want to combine are in the same folder. Then follow these steps:

  1. In PDF Expert, click File Merge Files.
  2. Select all the PDFs to combine and click Merge. 
  3. To save your merged PDF file, go to FileSave As.
Merge more than two PDFs using PDF Expert

3. Combine individual pages from one PDF with another PDF

PDF Expert also lets you combine only specific pages from one file with another. Here’s how: 

  1. Open a PDF file in PDF Expert. 
  2. At the top left, click the View settings icon and then select Vertical under Split View. 

    Select Vertical under Split View from PDF expert
  3. On the right pane, click Select File and open the other PDF file. It will appear beside the first file.
  4. Click the Page Thumbnails icon at the top.
  5. Now, just drag pages from one PDF onto another as you like.

This is how you can combine PDFs on Mac! I found using Finder the best option. Which tool do you use to merge files? Let me know in the comments below.

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