How to combine & merge two PDF files & documents

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Combine multiple PDF files into one PDF document to consolidate multiple files and better organise your material. Create PDF files from documents in different programs and merge the PDF files into one complete file to use for presentations, job applications and reports or to place online for download.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard (versions 8 and 9)

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Acrobat, version 8 or 9, and click on the button labelled "Combine Files" at the top of the window.

  2. 2

    In the Combine Files box, click on the button labelled "Add Files" and browse to select the PDF files saved on your computer that you want to merge. Highlight the PDF files you want to add and click "Add Files" to bring them into the Combine Files window.

  3. 3

    Click to select an individual file in the Combine Files box and use the "Move Up" and "Move Down" buttons to arrange each PDF file to appear in the order you want the finished document. Use the "Remove" button to remove one of the PDF files that you have listed in the "Combine Files" box.

  4. 4

    Click "Next" at the bottom of the Combine Files window. Review the files as they will be merged together. Click "Back" to make changes to the document list; otherwise click "Create" to generate the merged PDF file.

  5. 5

    In the final window of the Combine Files box, click the button labelled "Save" to save a copy of the merged document on your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the "Insert Pages" feature located under the "Document" menu to combine PDF files together. This option is available in most versions of Adobe Acrobat prior to version 8.
  • If you do not have a copy of Adobe Acrobat that provides the features of combining PDF files, use a free online service to combine your multiple PDF files into one single document.

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