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Reduce the size of a PDF file

Published on: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Sometimes we have a PDF that is over 100 MB. We could have a PDF of this large size from either creating one from images, or from programs such as Apple’s iPhoto, or other programs. We can easily reduce the size of the PDf by using Adobe Acrobat 11. Here are the steps:

1. Open the PDF;
2. Choose Save As… under file;
3. There are not several options for the save as: you can save as an Optimzed PDF, or reduced sized pdf, and a bunch of other options. Either the optimized or reduced sized pdf option will reduce the size of over 100 MB pdf to about 3 or 4 MB. That is a significant reduction!

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