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How to Reduce Scanned PDF File Size

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2023-04-13 17:06:35 • Filed to: How-To-Windows • Proven solutions

Even if you have a nice document done, after it is scanned sometimes the file size gets large. It will be very difficult and time-consuming to upload or share a large file over the internet. Is there a way to reduce size of scanned PDF but retaining the original quality? Yes. Here's the easiest solution with Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor.

Steps to Reduce Size of Scanned PDF

Step 1. Import Your Scanned PDF File

Launch PDFelement and then click the "Open files" button to import the target PDF. Select your file in your local folder and click "Open" to upload it to the program.

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Step 2. Compress Scanned PDF

Click on the "Tool" menu from the upper menu and select "Optimize PDF" from the submenu. You'll be able to save your scanned PDF file into different size dimensions and your file will be ready for web, for PC, for print, or any other activities (by selecting custom compression settings). Choose one option and click "Apply" to start the scanned PDF compression.

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Step 3. Edit Scanned PDF (Optional)

If you want to edit the content of your scanned PDF file, you can click the "OCR" button to perform OCR first, then the content will be editable. For more detailed steps, please refer to how to edit scanned PDF. If you don't want to edit PDF, you can just skip this step.

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PDFelement has the ability to compress scanned PDF documents. The standard PDF file size can be 600 dpi for printing, 300 dpi as a medium-size, or 150 dpi for transmission in the online environment. The most important is the result after compression will definitely satisfy you.

PDFelement comes with an amazing OCR plugin, which can easily and accurately recognize texts and images in your scanned PDFs and turn them into searchable and editable files. Moreover, the OCR result can be stored in a standardized format, a dedicated XML schema, a PDF format, or other popular file formats.

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