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How Do I Reduce a PDF's Size Manually ?


Adobe Acrobat Pro

If you have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, there’s a tool within the application called PDF Optimizer. This is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce a PDF document size.

Open your PDF file in Acrobat, click Tools > Optimize PDF. A toolbar with a few options will appear just above the PDF.

Click Reduce File Size, and choose to reduce a single or multiple files. Next, choose the file location and name. Click Save, and Acrobat will apply default settings to your file to attempt to reduce its size.

Acrobat Advanced Optimization

If you click Advanced Optimization, you’ll have more options to ensure you maintain the quality you need. To help with this, in the Advanced Optimization window, click Audit Space Usage, and you’ll be able to see how much space each kind of element is taking up within the file.

Using default setting, our sample file shrunk from 11,775KB (11.7MB) to only 212KB, making Adobe Acrobat Pro one of the most effective PDF compressor.

More tools will be explained soon

I’ll explain more software to help with shrinking PDF file size in the near future.