Acrobat: Rearrange pagesJune 9, 2009
Here’s a cool Acrobat trick — you can move pages into a different order, then save the changes. Very handy if you’ve inserted extra pages into a PDF then need to put them somewhere else, or if you’ve created a newsletter or magazine and for layout reasons want to move various pages around.
Notes before you start:
- As far as I know, you can only do this in full Acrobat, not Adobe Reader.
- Any page numbering added by the source application (Word, InDesign etc.) on the pages you move will now be ‘out of whack’. If you don’t have numbered pages, this is not an issue.
Here’s how you reorder PDF pages in Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional (other versions should be similar).
- Open the PDF.
- Click the Pages icon on the left sidebar — it’s the one at the top.
- All the pages in the PDF are displayed, with a red border around the currently open page.
- Click on the page you want to move and drag it to where you want it to go — a pale blue line indicates where you can drop it. In the example below, I’m moving the current page 5 between pages 3 and 4.
- Release the mouse button when you come to the new place for the page. This drops it into that location.
- Save the PDF and the page is now permanently in its new location (unless you want to shift it again later, of course).
(Thanks to David H on the STC Consultants and Independent Contractors SIG discussion list for this tip!)