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How to Add PDF Attachment

2021-11-29 13:55:36 • Filed to: How-To • Proven solutions

As the number of references to external PDF files increases, adding PDF attachments has become a trend when rendering your PDF files. Therefore, it becomes very important to attach another document to the PDF document. When the reader reaches that part of the document, he/she will automatically see the attachment, then click and continue reading. No more outside references and no more confusion. Now, PDFelement is a PDF editor, and it has support to attach PDF files and many more features.

Part 1. How to Add Attachment to PDF on Windows

Step 1: Open PDF File

After installing PDFelement, a shortcut will be created on the desktop and by double-clicking on it, you will be able to access PDFelement. After launching PDFelement, click on "Open files" and navigate to the file you want to add attachments to.

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Step 2: Attach PDF File

After the file is open click on the "Comment" tab, click on the "Add attachment" button on the toolbar. Click on the place where you want to add this attachment and select the document in the pop-up window, click "Open" to put the attachment to your PDF. You can attach an image to PDF or attach a PDF to PDF.

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Step 3. Customize Attachment and Save

You can set the PDF attachment properties by right-clicking the attachment, including the info and appearance of the attachment to suit your needs and save. Click the "Use as default" button, then the same properties will be applied when you do the PDF attachment next time.

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Step 4. How to Open Attachments in PDF

There are two ways to open attachments found in a PDF file. One way is by right-clicking the attachment label on the PDF page then clicking the "Open attachment file" button to open that particular attachment. The second way is by clicking the attachment button on the left toolbar the double-clicking the attachment of interest to open it.

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PDFelement allows you to attach not only PDF files, by any time of documents inside your PDF file and no more "Refer to the PDF file named ..." You just attach as many documents as you may need, and they become bundled into one file which can be opened, edited and shared just like any other PDF file. Besides that, you can also add comments to the attachment describing what the attachment is about and give further instructions, just like in Microsoft Word. Comments can also be used to review the PDF documents and provide some response. If you want to embed a video in PDF, you can refer to this article.

Other features of PDFelement include XFA based form filling, editing on Graphics based object, editing of both scanned and non-scanned PDF files to change text, add watermarks, etc., extraction of data from forms, convert PDF files to other documents, signing of PDF documents, the batch process of PDF files i.e. working with multiple PDF files like it was one PDF file hence abolishing some of the redundant processes on PDF and much more.


Part 2. How to Add Attachment to PDF on Mac

The latest PDFelement for Mac now allows users to add attachments to PDF files in two different ways. Both are simple to execute, and the methods have been explained in detail in the following sections.

Method 1: Attach a File Directly to a PDF Document

This process involves attaching a file to a PDF document directly, meaning it is not associated with any particular part of the content in the file. Rather, this method can be used to attach addendums, exhibits, and other reference files that support the content of the main PDF. Here’s the process in steps:

1. Launch PDFelement for Mac and open the main PDF to which you wish to attach another file - you can simply drag it from Finder and drop it in the PDFelement window or use the Open File option on the Home page.

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2. Next, click the left panel icon at the top and select the Attachments view in the dropdown.

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3. If no attachments are currently present, the left panel will be blank, and you’ll see an Add Attachments option at the bottom - click that to upload a document as an attachment.

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4. Once you select a file to attach and click Open in the Finder dialog, you’ll see the file listed in the Attachments panel, and right-clicking the document will reveal further options. In the new menu, you can perform the following actions:

a. Open the file and view the contents

b. Save the attachment

c. Change the description of the file

d. Remove the attachment

PDFelement for Mac gives you full control over attaching and managing files to PDF documents on Mac. If you need to add an attachment to a specific piece of content, you can use the markup method explained in the next segment.

Method 2: Attach a File to PDF as a Markup

This method involves using the annotation tools to add an attachment and pin it to a specific section of your PDF file. The process is detailed below:

1. Open the PDF file to which the document needs to be attached (drag and drop or use Open Files as described in the previous method).

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2. Click on Markup to reveal the Annotations Toolbar.

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3. In the toolbar, click the board pin icon and select the Attachment option.

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4. Click on the spot where you want the attachment icon to appear; this will trigger Finder, where you can search for and select the document to be attached.

5. Right-clicking the attachment pin icon will reveal a new contextual menu, from where you can perform the following actions:

a. Open the attachment

b. Save the file to a new location

c. View the file properties

d. Copy the attachment to paste on a different document

e. Delete the attachment

Using these two methods, you now have a comprehensive way to manage file attachments to PDF documents on your Mac. PDFelement for Mac also offers a range of other functions, a slick user interface, and easy-to-navigate page layouts, iconography, and labels to guide you correctly through any process. The result? A zero learning curve and a greatly enhanced user experience.

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