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The Portable File Format (PDF) is by far the most common way to store and share files, for it was created to transcend the boundaries presented by different hardware and software environments. However, large PDF files often take ages to send via email or when uploading to the cloud. They also consume a considerable amount of disk space, making computers slow or taking up unnecessary storage space. But now you can get a solution. This article will teach you how to decrease PDF size.

Part 1The Tool to Decrease PDF Size

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Wondershare PDFelement is an all-in-one PDF edit that helps users to customize their PDF files. Users can compress PDF documents into manageable file sizes quickly and effectively. PDFelement uses industry-leading compression algorithms that allow users to achieve over 60% compression rates with minimal loss of quality.

With this great tool, users can also edit, create, transform, and duplicate parts or whole portions of PDF files. PDF file can be secured using watermarks and passwords that prevent unintended access to the documents.

Part 2 How to Decrease PDF File Size

PDFelement is fully compatible with most versions of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. It is also compatible with Mac OS X versions 10.7 through to 10.12 (Sierra). The following guide takes you through the simple process of decrease a large PDF file into a manageable PDF document using Wondershare PDFelement.

Step 1. Open Your PDF with PDFelement

Once you launch PDFelement, click the "Open File" button to select the PDF of interest from your storage drive.

If you are using Mac, locate and select the "Open File" button on the Home window and upload it to the workspace.

Step 2. Edit PDF before Decreasing (Optional)

Once the file has been loaded into the workspace, you can check out the various editing features of PDFelement. If necessary, you can click the "Edit" tab and choose a tool you need to modify your document.

For Mac users, you can enter the editing mode by clicking the "Edit" button on the top toolbar.

Step 3. Start Decreasing PDF Size

For compression, click the "File" menu. Locate the "Optimize" option from the menu and select an ideal compression option. Once you are satisfied with your selection, press the Optimize button at the top, save your file using a different filename and watch as the file is compressed.

  • 1) Web Ready: This compresses the document into the smallest possible size for use with email and cloud.
  • 2) Office Ready: This compress the PDF file into a manageable file size that does not occupy so much space on your flash drive, thumb drive, or hard drive.
  • 3) Print Ready: This option is good for people looking to maintain the highest quality of their files after compression.
  • 4) Custom: This option allows advanced users to customize the compression settings for the final product.

The Mac version of PDFelement shows you a preview of the document before and after conversion. Go to "File" > Optimize PDF and then choose a DPI and preview the result. If it's OK, click "Save as" to get a compressed PDF.

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Published: Jun 17,2016 17:24 pm / Updated: Apr 27,2017 10:17 am

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