How to Merge PDF Files on Windows and Mac – Easily and Safely

There are many reasons why you would want to combine several PDF files into one, whether you want to declutter your computer files, have many documents that you need to send into one file, or need to combine some financial files for tax purposes because they are way What may and tax is not raised – I’m not here to judge.

If you’ve tried to do this in the past, you probably realize that it wasn’t possible with Adobe Acrobat unless you paid for a subscription. At the time, searching on the internet for this topic yielded several hundred websites advertising either the feature or the app that you have to download and learn how to use it to accomplish a seemingly simple task.

Adobe Acrobat has finally simplified the process of merging PDFs into a single file, accompanied by a host of other options for editing PDFs, converting them to other file formats, and signing, compressing and splitting PDFs, all on their website. These great features were added at the beginning of 2021 and are available with a free Adobe account, albeit with some restrictions on the number of times they can be used. One of the pros of using this process is that it is available on Windows or Mac, since all you need is to access adobe.com from Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari. Both Safari and Chrome are also supported on mobile devices.

Perhaps the biggest bonus to this is that you don’t have to download an app to complete the task, and you don’t have to worry too much about the risks of data being transacted with a possibly unverified third party, if your privacy concerns.

You can find Mac-specific instructions at the end of this article, but to combine multiple PDFs on both Windows and Mac, you can go to adobe.com and click PDF and electronic signaturesthen select Online Tools: Work with PDFs Now (Fig. 1).

Hover your cursor over the PDF and signatures option

Hovering your cursor over the PDF and Signatures option lets you select Online Tools

Adobe will allow you to combine and download PDFs once without an account, but subsequent downloads will require you to sign in, so you can create a free account or sign in at the next step (Figure 2).

Sign in to Adobe

Select your preferred login method or create an account

Includes a list of tools available for your account merge files; Click that to start merging (Figure 3).

Adobe's welcome page

You may have to click “All tools” to see an option “merge files”

You should see an option to drag and drop files or browse (Figure 4). Select the files you wish to merge; You don’t have to select them in order, you will be able to rearrange the files in the next step.

Select multiple files

Hold Shift or Control/Command key down to select multiple files

Arrange the files in the order you want them to appear, then tap Collecting (Fig. 5).

Drag thumbnails to rearrange

Drag thumbnails to rearrange

Your file has been merged and is available for download (Fig. 6).

Click the Download button

Click the Download button

When you sign in with your Adobe ID, you also get access to two free premium transactions every 30 days, so unfortunately you can only combine PDFs twice a month.

For Mac users, you can combine two or more PDF files into one by previewing when the file is opened. Here’s how to do it on a Mac:

Open the PDF file on your Mac and go to OpinionThen thumbnails (Fig. 7).

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View > Thumbnails

Document pages should appear as thumbnails on the sidebar on the left. go to ModifyThen Insert > Page from File (Fig. 8).

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Edit > Insert > Page from File

Find the document you want to add to the current document, then tap Opens (Fig. 9).

Select the document in your computer

Select the document in your computer

You can rearrange your pages or repeat the process to add more or delete pages (Command + Delete). Once done, go to caseThen Export as PDF As a result you will have the merged file.

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