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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 for Mac to crop PDF on Mac.

How to Crop a PDF on Mac

PDFelement for Mac 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 "Edit" tab in the main menu, and then select the "Crop" option. This will open the "Crop Settings" dialogue box. You will see a preview image of a red cropping box around the page on the left side. Drag the box to select the area that you want to crop. Or you can set the accurate margins on the right side by entering the exact parameters. The box area will be changed automatically according to your entered parameters.

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Step 3. Crop PDF on Mac

The area you select (the area inside the red box) will remain and the rest of the document will be cut. After setting the area that you want, you can choose the page range to crop. You can either customize a page range of your PDF document or choose all pages to be cropped. This is the option you'd use if you want to crop a multi-page PDF on Mac. Once you've set all parameters, click the blue "Crop" button to finalize the process and your page will be cropped accordingly.

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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.

Step 1. Enable Page Boxes Tool

After opening a PDF file in PDFelement for Mac, 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.


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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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 for Mac 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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Published: Oct 19,2017 15:49 pm / Updated: Oct 17,2018 17:12 pm

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