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How to Compare PDF on Mac

2020-12-30 17:55:50 • Filed to: How-To • Proven solutions

If you have 2 different versions of the same PDF file and you need to compare these two PDF files on Mac to find any mistakes, you can easily do it using PDFelement. Being an office worker, you may face such a situation, so it is better to learn how to compare PDF on Mac free in advance. So, without further ado, let us find how to compare 2 different PDF files on Mac including macOS 11 below.

In this article, we'll be featuring 2 super-simple methods to compare the PDF files on Mac. You do not need any special software other than PDFelement. It can also be done with Adobe Acrobat Reader but with a different technique and approach. So, let's do it.

How to Compare PDF on Mac with PDFelement

PDFelement is the only software that allows you to open as many documents as required in different windows. This feature makes it the best PDF file comparison tool as no other software has such feature. To do so, follow the given steps.

Step 1: Open the PDF Files

To compare the PDF files on Mac, you need to open them on PDFelement for Mac. To open PDF files, you can either click the "Open File" button on the bottom-middle corner or click "File" > "Open" and locate the file on your Mac. Using the same method, you can open both the PDF files that you need to compare.

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Step 2: Open Multiple Windows

Now, you need to change the windows format in order to make it possible to compare the PDF files. For that purpose, first, click, drag and drop the second file downwards. Once it is done, click and drag one of the windows to anywhere you want, horizontally or vertically.

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Now, you can easily compare both the PDF files in real-time without minimizing or maximizing different windows.

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Pro Tip: If your PDF files have images and different objects that view it horizontally. For simple textual PDF files, you can do it vertically.

So, this is how you compare PDF files on Mac using PDFelement for Mac. It is really very easy and needs no special techniques to do that. Now, let us find how to compare PDF on Mac with Adobe Acrobat for Mac.

How to Compare PDF on Mac with Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is one of the most popular PDF readers that comes with lots of advanced features. While comparing 2 different PDF files, you can choose from several options and preferences such as you can apply different filters to compare images, text annotations, content type, and formatting. Plus, you can easily spot differences in a highlight bar that shows all the text and images.

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To compare PDF on Mac with Adobe Acrobat for Mac, follow the below-given steps.

Step 1: Launch Adobe Acrobat

First of all, launch the Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat DC application using the icon on the desktop screen or the Launchpad.

Step 2: Compare PDF Files on Mac

To open the PDF files for comparison on Mac, click "Tools" > "Compare Files" and then select the first version of the file on the left side while selecting the other file version on the right side. Once both the files are selected, click "Compare".

Step 3: Review the Results

After the comparison is done successfully, you can review the differences between both the files.

Pro Tips: Adobe Acrobat enables you to share a PDF through SharePoint, WebDAV server, or a network folder. You can also use the Adobe Document Cloud review service.

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