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How to Crop PDF on Mac (macOS 10.15 Compatible)

Dec 11,2019 • Filed to: PDFelement for Mac How-Tos • Proven solutions

Ever needed to change the size of a PDF document? Maybe you got the parameters wrong originally, or need to alter your document for a different purpose. It is easy to crop a PDF on Mac, provided you have the right tool. That's where PDFelement comes in. In this article, we'll show you how to use PDFelement to crop PDF on Mac.

How to Crop a PDF on Mac

PDFelement makes cropping your PDF on Mac extremely easy. We'll show you how, but first you'll need to install PDFelement on your Mac. Once you've done so, open it and follow the simple steps below to crop PDF on Mac.

Step 1. Open PDF

In the main window, click "Open File" and browse for the PDF document you would like to crop.

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Step 2. Select the Area to Crop

Once the document is open, click on the "Tool" tab on the left side, and then select the "Crop Pages" option. Then a dotted dialogue box will appear around your page. Drag the box to select the area that you want to keep.

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Step 3. Crop PDF on Mac

The area you select (the area inside the dotted box) will remain and the rest of the document will be cut. If you also need to crop multiple pages, go to the next page to choose the area to crop again. Once you finish setting all the areas that you want, click the Apply button to crop. It will excuate for all the pages at once.

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If you want to crop all the pages for the same area, then you only need to set the area for one page, then click the button of "Apply the same cropping to all pages", and click the "Apply" button, it will crop for you immediately.

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How to Crop PDF on Mac with Preview

Preview is another program that can help you crop PDF on Mac. You can only crop a single page manually with Preview though, since it does not support cropping a page range of multiple PDF pages. Also Preview does not let you set the exact parameters to crop precisely.

Step 1. Select the Area to Crop

After opening your PDF file with Preview, click the "Tools" > "Rectangle Selection" button on the top menu.

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Step 2. Crop PDF on Mac

Use your mouse to select the area you want to keep. Then click the "Tools" > "Crop" button to crop.

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Crop PDF on Mac with Page Boxes Tool

PDFelement for Mac also provides another method to crop PDF pages, which is to use the "Page Boxes" tool. If your mac OS is 10.10 or 10.11, then you can use the following method to crop pages.

Step 1. Enable Page Boxes Tool

After opening a PDF file in PDFelement, click the "Page" > "Page Boxes" tool.

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Step 2. Settings to Crop PDF

Again, you will see the red cropping box around the page and parameters on the right side preview image. Set the area that you want to crop.

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You can also change the page size here. Either choose a fixed size for your PDF document, or customize the page size to set its width and height manually. You can then choose the page range to apply the settings to your PDF document.


Best Tool to Crop PDF on Mac

As you know, you'll need the right tool to crop your PDF document as required. Not only does the program you use have to crop your document to the required size, but it also needs to be user friendly. PDFelement is the only tool that offers both of these things. Plus, it increases efficiency due to its many advanced functions, such as:

  • The ability to crop a PDF page to a particular size.
  • Tools to edit text and images.
  • The ability to convert PDF to other formats or other document formats to PDF.
  • Annotation tools that let you add comments, highlights or underlining.
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