How to crop a PDF file on a Mac.

Learn how to crop PDF document pages to a smaller size on any Mac computer.

When sharing PDF documents with coworkers, fellow students, or family, you may not always want to share everything on a page. Some of the contents might be irrelevant or have sensitive details that others shouldn’t see. In these cases, it’s a good idea to crop your PDF file to trim unnecessary content.

Read on to learn how you can crop a PDF file on a Mac desktop or laptop computer.

Crop PDF files with a PDF editor.

The quickest way to crop a PDF file is with dedicated PDF editing software. These applications usually have cropping tools and allow you to preview the crop before saving the document. As a bonus, you won’t need an active internet connection since the application is on your Mac.

How the cropping tool works depends on the application, so read the user manual if you need help.

Crop PDF documents with online tools.

If you don’t have a PDF editor with cropping features, you can use an online PDF cropping tool. There are many easy-to-use PDF croppers available that can quickly complete the task. For example, you can crop PDF files with Adobe Acrobat online services by following these steps:

  1. Open the Crop a PDF tool.
  2. Upload your PDF file to the cropping tool.
  3. Drag the border handles around the first PDF page to set the cropping area.
  4. Once you’re happy, select Crop to save the cropped PDF document.

You can also apply the cropping area across all pages to keep the size of multi-page PDF files consistent. You’re then ready to share your cropped PDF document without worrying about unnecessary information crowding the pages.