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How to Compress PDF on Mac to Make File Size Smaller

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Do you have a PDF file that is taking forever to upload? The reason behind this is that the PDF file is large in size. What you need to do is to optimize it to a smaller size. When PDF files contain images or created from other formats such as MS-Word they tend to be voluminous. Sending these files are hectic. Also, when you have numerous large files on your computer, they take up big space. In this article, we will show you how to compress PDF files on Mac using Wondershare PDFelement for Mac.

Part 1Best PDF Compressor for Mac (Sierra Compatible)

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Wondershare PDFelement for Mac is an ideal software to use when it comes to compressing PDF files. It allows you to optimize PDF file to a preferred size while retaining the file layout and its originality. After the reducing the PDF file this program lets us you preview it before saving the changes. The great thing about compressing files with PDFelement for Mac is that it will show the size it has reduced the file in percentage. You can also explore other features this software exhibit:

  • This tool is a PDF creator. You can create PDF files from existing PDF files, Images, HTML files and screenshots images etc.
  • It is also a PDF editor. You can edit images, texts, objects, merge files, edit pages, highlight, annotate, add links and add watermarks just to mention a few.
  • It is a PDF converter. It allows you to convert PDF files to output formats like, HTML, Texts, EPUB, PPT, Word, Excel, Images etc.
  • It can OCR scanned PDFs to make the files searchable and editable.
  • It allows you to encrypt PDF files by providing an open password or a permission password.

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Part 2How to Compress a PDF on Mac

To compress a PDF file on Mac, you need to download Wondershare PDFelement for Mac. It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan) 10.12 (Sierra) and will support the upcoming macOS High Sierra. Once you have downloaded it, install on your Mac and launch it under Applications ready for use. From there you can now follow these steps.

Step 1. Import the PDF You Want to Compress

Opening PDF file using this program is simple. On the program window, navigate the cursor to the bottom right and click on the "Open File" button. This will allow you access your local folders. Now search for the large PDF file you want to compress and open it with PDFelement.

Step 2. Edit Your PDF Document (Optional)

Next, you can edit your PDF file. Click on the "Edit" button on the toolbar. A formatting toolbar appears with several editing options. To edit texts, navigate the cursor to a text field you want to modify texts. Double click on it and start editing files.

Still on the "Edit" option, you will be able to modify images. Move the cursor to a page you want to modify or add image and double click on it for modification.

Step 3. Perform PDF Compression on Mac

After editing your PDF file and you are impressed you can now compress it. Go to "File" on the main menu. On the drop down menu that appears click on "Optimize PDF". Choose an ideal compression level and check the quality output by clicking on "Preview". Finally, if you are impressed you can then click on "Save As" and rename your PDF file.

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Published: May 27,2016 10:03 am / Updated: Sep 01,2017 16:04 pm

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