In this how to guide let us walk through the steps on how to merge pdf files and split pdf files. Most of us when we scan documents with multiple pages we would get each page as individual pdf document. If we do not merge pdf file it will be cumbersome to manage so many documents. When we need to transfer these scanned document to others it is a better idea to merge pdf files and send it as single document rather than sending it as individual pdf files. There are many paid and freeware tools available to merge pdf files.
I am going to use a open source tool named PDFSAM which stands for PDF Split and Merge. The tool is available for various platforms Windows,Mac and Linux. There are two versions of PDFSAM Basic and advanced available. Basic version is open source software and should be more than enough for most of our needs. If you are interested for advanced version you need to register an forum account and also donate 1€. You can download PDFSAM here. After downloading follow the on screen instructions to install the software. We will now go through the steps on using PDFSAM how to merge pdf files and split them.
1. Open the PDF Split and Merge Basic tool
2. Under Plugins Select Merge/Extract PDF files.
3. Click on Add button located at Right top and browse your file system and add all the PDF files that needs to be merged
The pages will be merged in the order it is displayed and if you need to change the order you can use Move up/Move Down buttons to adjust the order of pages or click Remove to remove any of the pages added.
4. Provide the destination output file name by clicking on Browse and then click Run located at the bottom right corner
The process will start to merge and once it gets completed you can view the merged pdf file in the location you had specified. Next we will see how to Split a single document into multiple documents. This feature will be useful when we need to extract specific pages in a document and share with others.
There are multiple options available to split. You can split each page into single document or you can extract all even pages into separate document and odd pages to separate document. Depending upon how you want to split the document make the appropriate selection and choose the destination folder where it needs to be splitted and click Run. Once the process gets completed you can view the splitted files in the location specified.
How to merge pdf files guide uses PDFSAM open source tool and if you are aware of any such alternatives let us know the tools you use to merge pdf files and split pdf files