How to Delete Unnecessary PDF Pages and Make a Document Smaller

In most cases, PDF files contain a large amount of redundant pages, pages which are useless and only add to the PDF bloat. You can have 400 pages in your PDF, yet need to work with only 30 of them. For the general user, this bloat and extra pages are a nuisance.

However, PDF tools are becoming more versatile and offering up more features that will let you work with your PDF. In fact, there are options you can try to make big changes to your PDF file size and content. You can, for instance, delete a page or a group of pages from a PDF file with PDF Converter Elite or Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro.

How to Delete Pages with PDF Converter Elite

  • 1Click on the Open icon from the menu bar and choose the PDF file.
  • 2Click on the Edit menu and then Delete Pages.
  • 3Choose the number of pages you wish to convert and click on the Delete button.
Delete pages menu item

To Delete PDF pages by using the Delete command in Adobe Acrobat:

  • 1Open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat 11 Pro.
  • 2Go to View > Tools > Pages.
Acrobat Pages Tools
  • 3In the Tools Pane under the Manipulate Pages section, select Delete.
Acrobat Delete Pages Option
  • 4Choose your pages or enter in a page range. Note that you cannot delete all of your pages. One page must always remain in the document.
Acrobat Delete Page Range

To Delete Non-Contiguous and Multiple PDF pages, use the Thumbnails view:

  • 1In the pages panel to the left hand side of the document, select a page or select the group of pages you would like to delete. You can select more than one page by drawing a rectangle around the group.
  • 2Delete the pages by using the Delete key on your keyboard or by selecting the delete page icon in the top left hand corner of the pages panel.
Acrobat Delete Page Thumbnail

One of the benefits of deleting multiple PDF pages, is that your PDF file size will change significantly, giving you an even smaller file size to work with. Deleting PDF pages is a common feature included in many PDF editing tools, which is a major advantage if you need to regularly edit PDF documents.