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How to Compress PDF in Preview on Mac (El Capitan Included)

Academics, students, and even our offices nowadays use the Portable Document Format (PDF). As these files are being created some people may not put its size into considerations. Some could be large and take up too much storage space. Large PDF files are also clog when you want to upload them to websites. To make it easier to attach and send files. Therefore there is a need to reduce the file size of your PDF files. In this article you will learn how to compress PDF in Preview on Mac OS X.

Part 1 How to Compress PDF Using Preview on Mac

Step 1. Open PDF with Preview

Open PDF with Preview on your Mac. Then click on the "File" menu and click "Open" to upload your PDF file.

Step 2. Reduce PDF File Size

Once the PDF file is on Preview, click on "File" and select "Export". On this window, scroll down and click on "Quartz Filter" and select "Reduce Size file". Then click on "Save". You have compressed your PDF.

Part 2How to Compress PDF Files without Preview

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Is it possible to compress a PDF without using Preview on Mac? Yes, you can easily accomplish the task accurately with Wondershare PDFelement for Mac. This software is designed to solve all you PDF problems. It can edit PDFs, create PDFs, convert PDFs, combine PDFs, sign, and print PDFs. PDFelement is easy to use and supports Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8, and 10.7.

  • It allows you compress content and images of your PDF files.
  • It has a number of editing and annotating tools.
  • It converts PDF from or to Word, Excel, PPT, EPUB, and Images etc.
  • Advanced OCR technology digitalizes scanned PDFs to editable text.
  • Add passwords and permissions to your PDF to improve security.

Step 1. Open PDF with PDFelement

First thing to do is to open Wondeshare PDFelement. On the Home window you will see the "Open File" button at the bottom left. Click on it to upload your large PDF from your local folder.

Step 2. Optimize to Reduce File Size

Go to "File" and click on "Optimize PDF" option. There are different compression options. You can choose one to preview the result before compressing it.

Click "Save As" and then the program will then resize your PDF immediately. This software is smart since it displays the original file size and the size of the reduced file. After that click on "Save" to make the changes.

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Posted by | @AudreySGoodwin
Published: Jul 15,2015 11:28 am / Updated: May 26,2016 17:12 pm

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