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How to Compress a PDF on Mac (Updated 2021)

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2021-10-27 18:08:27 • Filed to: PDFelement for Mac How-Tos • Proven solutions

Sometimes you have to deal with extremely large PDF files that take up too much storage space and are too big to send over email etc. They can also make things slow when trying to upload them to a sharing site or other programs. To share your files more easily, you can reduce the file size of your PDFs. In this article, we'll show you how to compress PDF on Mac, including macOS 11.

How to Compress a PDF File on Mac

Want to compress PDF on Mac without losing quality? PDFelement for Mac is one of the best free PDF compressors on the Mac platform, compatible with macOS 11. It is an all-in-one PDF software that can let you view, edit, markup, convert, create, print, protect, and share PDF files.

Step 1. Open PDF

The first step is to open PDFelement for Mac. On the Home window, you will see the "Open File" button or the "Open" button on the Home screen. Click on it to upload the PDF file that you want to compress.

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Step 2. Optimize to Reduce File Size

Go to "File" > "Save as Other" and click on the "Optimized PDF..." option from the drop-down menu. You'll find different compression options.

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Step 3. Compress PDF File on Mac

You can select "High", "Medium" and "Low". Click "Save As" and then the program will then resize your PDF immediately. The software will display both the original file size and the size of the reduced file. After that click on "Save As" to apply the changes.

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This application lets you edit files by adding or removing annotations, as well as setting passwords, signing with digital signatures, adding bookmarks, inserting watermarks, bates numbering, headers and footers, and links. PDFelement also lets you overhaul entire documents by converting them from PDF to and from other file formats, including Word, Excel, images files, etc. It offers optimization features that let you compress your large PDF files into a smaller size, which can be done on more than one document at the same time – thanks to batch processing.


Tips: How to Compress PDF with Preview on Mac

If you need to reduce PDF file size in Preview on Mac, luckily it is quite simple. Just follow these easy steps:

Step 1. Open your PDF using Preview on your Mac. Click on the "File" menu and click "Open" to upload your PDF file.

Step 2. Once the PDF file is open in Preview, click on "File" and select "Export".

Step 3. In this window, scroll down and click on "Quartz Filter" and select "Reduce Size file". Then click on "Save". You have compressed your PDF.

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