How to Extract Pages from Pdf

Mar 1, 2020 · 9 minute read

Sometimes when you receive a pdf file, you need to divide them into different sections or extract some pages from them. In this article, we are going to explain how to extract pdf pages with Adobe Acrobat and also we will introduce some methods and software in windows that you can use in order to extract pdf pages without Adobe Acrobat like using Microsoft edge, Free Pdf Printer, Pdf Split and Merge, Pdf Chef, Foxit Pdf, and Nitro PDF Pro.

How to Extract Pages From Pdf in Windows

There are occasions that you might look for ways and see how to extract pages from a PDF document, either a single page or specific range of pages. In this article we are going to cover this issue within the windows environment. A PDF document is a document type which was introduced by Adobe in early 90s, and the term stands for Portable Document Format, which is capable of preserving the document style and embed fonts, regardless of the device type or operating system on which it will be viewed.

In the early days, the only way to view a PDF document was to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe’s native PDF viewer. But later on, other free and commercial software solutions were released for different operating systems, and each of them offered various features and capabilities, and most of them proved to be efficient for creating, viewing and editing PDF documents. Windows does not recognize and open PDF documents by default, however most of the common web browsers are capable of opening and viewing PDF documents in the windows OS family, including Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browser.

Besides the above-mentioned web browsers, there are specific free tools for viewing PDF documents, such as Adobe Reader, Foxit PDF, Javelin PDF Reader, Nitro Reader, and SumatraPDF, which can only open and view documents, and lack some professional and editing features. You can find more free tools online. Though if you look for further capabilities and features, you might need to check on some of the commercially available software solutions, i.e., Adobe Acrobat Professional, Foxit Phantom PDF, PDF-XChange Editor, and Nitro PDF Pro. These solutions have their own differences, but almost all of them feature common effective and extensive capabilities such as editing text and image, signing and securing documents, building and filling forms, reviewing and annotating, combining multiple files, creating and organizing PDF documents.

You can decide to choose any of them by considering your needs and desired capabilities, the price, user interface differences, resource allocation and system requirements of each software, and any other preferences you may have.

Microsoft Edge

If you are a windows 10 user, you are already packed with everything you need, and you will have a quite straight forward path ahead, as among the whole windows family, windows 10 features a built-in PDF printer by default, and this lifts the burden off your shoulders to go for a third-party pdf printer tool. Also, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft’s default web browser supports opening and viewing PDF documents by default, and technically you are exempt from installing any particular third-party software for this purpose, and you’ll have everything set by default. Here is how to do it:

1- Open the PDF document by Microsoft Edge.

opening and viewing pdf files with microsoft edge

2- you should print the pages you want to be extracted, as a separate PDF File, for that you can push Control + P buttons on your keyboard, or just click on the printer icon on the tools bar above the page, which will open the printer dialog box.

3- As you may already be familiar with the printer dialog box, you can choose to extract a single page, or any custom range of pages. You can choose and extract your desired pages by a combination of comma “,” and hyphen “-“ symbols, as shown in the picture below.

extract pages from pdf with built in pdf printer in windows 10

How to Extract Pages in Older Versions Of Windows

If you haven’t decided to upgrade to windows 10 so far, it’s about time, and we recommend you do so. But that’s not the topic here, so let’s just see how we can extract pages from a PDF document. If you don’t want to pay for high-end commercially available solutions you won’t miss anything for this purpose. The only things you need are a PDF viewer and a PDF printer tool. You can find free versions for both of them online.

You already know some of the free tools for opening and viewing the PDF documents. There are some free and open-source PDF printer tools on the web too, so you don’t need to pay for anything, namely CutePDF writer, bullzip PDF printer, PDFforge, and many more. Once done, you can follow the instructions you just went through for windows 10.

extract pages from pdf with free pdf printers

PDF Split and Merge or simply PDFsam

As the title implies, you must have noticed that there are certain free tools and software solutions which can do certain editing and modifications on a PDF document.

PDF Split and Merge or simply PDFsam is a free, open source, multi-platform software designed to split, merge, extract pages, mix and rotate PDF files. Also note that there is an “Enhanced” paid version of this software available, which offers more editing features. you can use the free version if you just need to extract pages, and the below picture will show you how to do so.

1- As you can see, you just need to open the document

2- Go to the extract menu, and specify the page or range of pages, and then click on the “Run” button.

extract pages from pdf with pdf split and merge


PDFChef by Movavi is another freeware PDF editing tool which can help you extract pages from a PDF file. It has a good visual interface and simple procedure to handle the task, you will find so handy.

As you can see in the below picture, there is a preview pane on the left side, in which you can see a small preview and order of the pages in the document.

1- If you want to use this app to extract pages from a PDF document, you can simply right click on the desired page.

2- Click on the “extract page” in the context menu which will pop up.

You can also choose to extract multiple pages by holding down the control or shift buttons on your keyboard, and select the pages by clicking on the, simultaneously. You can save the extracted pages as a separate file.


How to Extract Pages from Pdf with Adobe Acrobat;

To extract pages from a PDF document is far beyond the extensive features and capabilities of the advanced PDF software solutions, and you can do lots of more complicated editing and modifications with these programs. Though if you have commercial and professional PDF tolls installed on your computer, you can use them to extract pages and the procedure is quite simple. Some of the most common professional tools have already been mentioned earlier in this article, and you can find more on the web.

There are different versions for Adobe Acrobat, here we are going to introduce two different versions Adobe Acrobat for this work and eplain them here;

Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

  1. Open your file in adobe.

adobe acrobat open dialoge

adobe acrobat choose file

  1. In the right side from Pages bar click on Extract button.

adobe acrobat extract pages

  1. You will see a window,
  • At the first line, you can specify, which pages do you want to extract from the main file?

adobe acrobat select pages to extract

  • If you select “Delete pages after extracting” box, the program will delete the pages, which you don’t select them from the original file.

adobe acrobat extract pages delete

  • If you select “Extract pages as separate files” box, the program won’t show all separated pages in one pdf file, and for each page, specifies a pdf file.

adobe acrobat select pages separate

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

If you are an Adobe Acrobat Pro DC user

1- you can simply navigate to the “Organize Pages” tab.

2- On the toolbar above the page, you can see the “Extract page” button.

3- Click on it, and you will be prompted to enter the number of the page or pages you want to extract.

You have already learned how to enter the syntax for extracting multiple pages with any order, and it’s the same in any other tool.

  • You can also choose your desired pages by clicking on it, or by holding control or shift keys and clicking on the page simultaneously to choose multiple pages, and then click on the “extract” button on the toolbar.

Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to extract pages from PDF documents

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is a powerful and full-feature PDF editing tool and has a very cool user interface, but some find it too resource consuming, which might cause to slow down your operating system. There are other lighter alternatives in the market, which can deliver quite the same features for the less resource demands.

How to Extract Pages from Pdf with Foxit Phantom PDF

Foxit Phantom PDF is a commercial PDF editing and organizing tool, also powered with extensive editing and security features and a user-friendly interface. There are different ways you can extract pages from a PDF document within Foxit software, for instance:

1- You can use the page preview pane on the left side of the screen.

2- Select any pages you want to be extracted, by holding Control or Shift buttons and clicking on the pages simultaneously.

3- You can access the “Extract” option in the context menu after right-clicking on the selected pages.

extract pages from a PDF from “Organize” Tab in Foxit PDF

4- You will be prompted with a dialog box, showing the page numbers already selected. Or you can navigate to “Organize” Tab from the above tabs, where you can see the “Extract” button.

Likewise, you can specify your desired pages to be extracted, and save it as a new file.

extract pages of a PDF file from the “Pages” Pane in Foxit PDF

How to Extract Pages from Pdf with Nitro PDF Pro

Nitro PDF Pro is another feature-rich software, by which you can extract pages from a PDF file. Just like Foxit software, you can extract pages from a document in two ways.

First method

1- You can either navigate to the “Home” tab.

2- Click on the “Extract” in the “Pages” group.

3- Select and specify the pages you want to be extracted. Optionally you can delete the extra pages that you don’t need, by selecting the “Delete pages after extraction” checkbox.

Second Method

1- You can extract pages by means of the left hand navigations pane, where you can find the “Pages” pane.

2- To extract pages by this way, you need to select the pages by holding Control or shift buttons and click on the desired pages.

3- Right click on the selected pages, and choose Extract, and you’ll be prompted with a dialog box.

how to extract pages of a PDF in Nitro PDF Pro

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