How to Crop a PDF

Published on: March 10, 2022
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Learn how to crop PDFs quickly and easily, using the built-in features of your computer, and popular PDF editors and Word editors.

Learn how to crop PDFs with:

  • PDF Pro
  • Windows built-in tools
  • Preview/Mac
  • PDF Expert
  • Multiple PDF pages

How to Crop a PDF using PDF Pro

The easiest way to crop PDF pages is with a PDF editor like PDF Pro. 

PDF Pro makes it easy to crop multiple PDF pages, merge documents and pictures into a single PDF, and edit and create PDFs with ease. 

1. Open your PDF in PDF Pro.

2. Press the Edit tab.

Edit tab highlighted in PDF Pro.

3. Press Crop Page.

Crop button highlighted in PDF Pro.

4. Select your Page range.

5. Click and drag the corners of the crop box in the Preview of your PDF. 

Crop page dialog box with preview of PDF page and red arrows pointing at handles to resize page

6. Press Ok.

OK button highlighted in Crop dialog box.

How to Crop a PDF (using built-in tools from Windows)

If you’re looking for a free way to crop PDF pages, this is one method for you.

This method is only available to Windows users, and can be time consuming if cropping more than one page.

This method takes advantage of Microsoft Windows' built-in Snip & Sketch tool (replacing their Snipping Tool as of Windows 11). 

1. On your keyboard press [Windows button] + [shift] + [s] to activate the Snip & Sketch tool. (alternate method: press the [Windows button], then type “Snip & Sketch”, and hit [enter]).

2. Using your mouse, click and drag the area that you wish to crop (a square or rectangle will work best). The page will gray out, and you’ll know that the tool is working. 

3. A window in the corner will pop up, showing your cropped image. Click it to open up your image. 

Snip and sketch thumbnail preview.

4. In the Snip & Sketch dialogue box, press Save

snip and sketch dialog box with save button highlighted.

5. Choose a name for your new image, then press Save.

Save button highlighted in save as dialog box.

6. Open File Explorer and find your new image.

7. Right-click the screenshot of your PDF, then press Print

Print option highlighted in context menu in File Explorer.

8. Select Microsoft Print to PDF as your printer.

Microsoft Print to PDF option highlighted in Print settings dialog box

9. Press Print

Print button highlighted in Print settings dialog box.

10. Name your new PDF and press Save.

Save button highlighted in Print to PDF dialog box.

How to Crop PDF Pages (Multiple)

The easiest way to crop multiple PDF pages is by using a PDF editor like PDF Pro. 

You can also follow the Windows method above (Preview/Mac method down below), cropping and saving each section as an image, then using Print to PDF to compile them into a single PDF.

Doing it this way is more roundabout and time-consuming, but it’s free (money-wise, at least). 

If you suspect you’ll be cropping PDF pages often, you may want to consider getting an affordable PDF editor. 

If you’re working with multiple PDFs with multiple pages, try our affordable, powerful, All-in-One PDF editor, PDF Pro for free, and start cropping your PDFs instantly.

How to Crop a PDF in Preview (Mac)

If you’re a Mac user and want to crop a PDF page without installing additional software, this method is for you. It takes advantage of Mac’s built-in PDF viewer, Preview. 

1. Open your PDF in Preview.

2. Click the Pen icon.
(alternate method: View menu→ select Show Markup Toolbar→ press Rectangle button).

3. With your mouse, go to the page you wish to crop, then click and drag until your rectangle encompasses everything you want to crop, then release the mouse.

4. At the top of the screen, press Crop.

5. In the pop-up warning, press OK

How to Crop PDF with PDF Expert

PDF Expert is a PDF editor for Mac that we have a partnership with.

1. Open your PDF in PDF Expert.

2. Select Annotate mode on the top.

3. Click Content Selection, located in the Annotate toolbar, then select your area to crop.

4. Click the Crop icon.

5. From the dropdown list, select Current Page or All Pages (depending on your needs).

How to Crop PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro 

Adobe Acrobat Pro allows you to crop PDFs with its PDF editing tools. Keep in mind that you’ll need a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Pro to use this feature. 

Adobe Acrobat Reader can only be used for viewing and reading PDFs, not cropping or editing them

If you need an affordable Adobe alternative, try PDF Pro for free and crop your PDF immediately.

1. Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

2. Go to the Tool menu, then press Edit PDF.

3. Press Crop Pages icon.

4. Use mouse to click and drag until satisfied.

5. Double click within the cropping rectangle to open the Crop dialogue box.

6. Set your specifications, then press Ok

How to Undo Crop on a PDF

If you’ve cropped your PDF document, but have not yet saved, it’s possible to undo the cropping of the document.

1. With your cropped PDF open in PDF Pro, press Edit tab.

Edit tab highlighted in PDF Pro.

2. Press Crop Page button. 

Crop button highlighted in PDF Pro.

3. Press the Restore original page button, in the General section.

Restore original page button highlighted in Crop Page dialog box.

4. Press Ok

OK button highlighted in Crop Page dialog box.

Crop PDF Pages with PDF Pro 

PDF readers such as Adobe Acrobat Reader only allow you to view and read PDFs, not to crop them. 

We’ve shown several different methods to crop PDF pages, including free options. But these free methods become time consuming, especially if you need to crop multiple pages. 

If you need to crop PDF pages quickly and easily, you’ll need PDF Pro.

PDF Pro is our All-in-One PDF editor, creator, document merger, converter, and annotation tool. 

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Arron StaradubDigital Marketing Specialist
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.