How To Merge PDF Files On Your Mac

There are several ways to merge PDF files on your Mac. A simple Quick Action in the Finder will do it quickly, but using Preview gives you lots of options to arrange and customize the resulting PDF document. You can even split a PDF file with the same techniques.

Comments: 9 Responses to “How To Merge PDF Files On Your Mac”

    Norm Probst
    1 month ago

    I have been opening pdf doc in Preview and drag & droping other pdf files from the finder. Rearranging or deleting pages after if necessary. You provide other ways to merge pdf's which are faster. Thanks for a great video for something I use a lot.

    Celtic(C4)
    1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing. I will definitely use this information.

    Fiona McG
    1 month ago

    Thanks, Gary. Copy + and New From Clipboard will be a new option for me. This is a VERY helpful video on merging and splitting pdfs.

    Steve C
    1 month ago

    Quick Look is your default action? At about 3:18, it appears that you click (on what?) to bring up a file in Quick Look rather than Preview. I want to do the same! Currently a double left click on my trackpad brings up Preview. How can I change to Quick Look?
    Great video and I'm not even 4 minutes into it yet! Thanks!

    1 month ago

    Steve: I'm pressing the spacebar to bring up Quick Look at about that time. Just select a file, press spacebar.

    Mike Cliff
    1 month ago

    For years I have been using the techniques of dragging and dropping into the thumbnails although it works it can become quite tedious. Thank you so much for all the different ways you have shown in this video.

    Steve C
    1 month ago

    An update to my previous comment: I think I found my answer. The Spacebar! I have monthly reports to compile, so this video has been a game-changer for me, since I've been using only a fraction of the power of Preview and Quick Look to manipulate my PDFs. That will change. Thanks!

    Dave P
    1 month ago

    So helpful! I used this just today to combine a bunch of hand written notes (which I scanned into a PDF using my iPhone and the Files app), and a screen shot. I used the Preview app to export the screen shot as a PDF, then again to do the merge.

    Michael
    3 weeks ago

    Gary. This was a revelation. Soooo useful. Thank you.

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