How to split PDF pages in half.

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Slice your PDFs into two to make them easier to share. Learn how to split PDF files in half in five simple steps.

PDF documents are great for sharing since they work on any device and generally have small file sizes — but sometimes, even PDFs can get large and unwieldy. If you need to share only one half of a document, it’s a good idea to split the PDF file.

This way, you can easily share the document and won’t burden the recipient with unnecessary pages. Read on to learn how to split PDF pages in half.

Does splitting PDF pages reduce the quality of the document?

The quality of your document after splitting PDF pages depends on the program you use to divide the PDF and the original quality of the PDF.

Options for how to split PDF pages.

There may be cases where you want to share a PDF with a co-worker or a classmate but take certain pages out that are not important for them to see. You may simply want to send two shorter PDFs so they don’t take up too much space.

There are various options for you to split PDF pages. This guide will cover the most common practices.

How to split a PDF in half on Windows using a browser.

You can use this convenient way to split PDF files with your preferred browser whether it be Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

  1. Right-click the PDF file you want to open.
  2. Select Open with > Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
  3. When the PDF opens, click the Print option in the upper-right corner. You can also use a shortcut by pressing Ctrl+P (if you’re using a Windows computer) or Command+P (if you’re using a Mac).
  4. In the Destination selection, select Save as PDF.
  5. Select Pages > Custom
  6. Enter the page numbers you want to split.
  7. Click Save and save the new PDF to your computer.

How to split a PDF in half using Adobe Acrobat.

Although splitting PDF pages does not necessarily reduce the quality of your document, you can use Adobe Acrobat and follow these steps to get quality document resolution after you split the pages:

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat.
  2. Select Tools > Organize Pages > Split.
  3. In the Split dropdown menu, you can specify if you want to split the PDF file by number of pages, maximum file size, or top-level bookmarks.
  4. Select Output Options to specify a target folder for the split PDF files, and set file labeling preferences.
  5. Click OK > Split to start the process.
  6. Name the new PDF file and click Save.

When using the splitting tool, the quality of the new PDF will remain the same.

How to split a PDF in half using Preview on Mac.

You can use the Preview app on your Mac to split a PDF file in half. To do this, you only need to follow these steps:

  1. Open the PDF in your Preview app.
  2. Open the thumbnail view and select the page or pages you want to separate.
  3. Drag and drop the pages to your desktop or to another folder.

How to split a PDF in half using Adobe Acrobat online services.

You don’t need special editing software on your computer to split PDFs. You can easily do it with online tools, such as those in Adobe Acrobat online services. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Acrobat online services on any web browser.
  2. Launch the Split a PDF tool.
  3. Drag and drop a PDF file into the tool or click “Select a file” to locate your document.
  4. Place a divider line in the middle point of your document.
  5. Download the split PDF documents.

The PDF splitter tool won’t affect your original file, so you can safely delete the PDF document half you don’t need. If you later realize you do need it, simply split the original document again.

Different ways to split PDF pages.

Although PDF files are sharable and portable documents, sometimes they may be too big or unwieldy, so you may need to split them. Read the following information to learn the different ways you can split PDF pages in half.

Split PDF pages in half vertically or horizontally.

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Make a copy of the page that needs to be split vertically or horizontally.
  3. Click Home > Crop.
  4. Adjust the cropping area.
  5. Click Page Range > Apply to complete the cropping.
  6. You can use this feature to crop the right or left half of the first and second pages if you’re cropping vertically. You can also use the feature to crop the lower or upper half of the page.
  7. Save the document.
  8. The original PDF page will be split in half vertically or horizontally.

How to split PDFs into multiple files.

With Acrobat online services, you can split PDF files into more than just two parts. The Split a PDF tool can lay down up to 19 dividers at once, allowing you to break PDF documents into 20 different parts. In other words, you can split PDFs into exactly as many pieces as you need.

Tips for splitting PDF pages in half.

Some tips you can follow for splitting PDF pages in half are:

  1. Review your devices. Sometimes the program you may have chosen to split the PDF requires you to use a desktop instead of a mobile device for this task. Make sure you review the requirements for each program and software before you begin splitting your files to make sure you get the best quality in your new PDF.
  2. Consider your needs. Depending on whether you want to separate many files by size or quickly separate the first pages of a document, there may be a method that fits your needs better.
  3. Save the original files. It’s always a good idea to save the original PDF file before you split it and rename the new split files.
  4. Check the page size. Sometimes the page size can be different between PDFs, so it helps to check it so readers can have a consistent experience.

More resources on PDFs.

Once you split PDF pages in half, check out these other resources to work with your files:

You can also do much more with Acrobat online services. It has tools for converting documents to and from PDF, editing and compressing PDF files, and more. Discover everything you can do with Acrobat online services today.