How to Delete Pages from PDF on Desktop

Published on: May 13, 2022
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The versatility of PDFs makes it one of the most used file formats in business, academics, and more. But have you ever needed to delete a page from a PDF document? 

Maybe you downloaded a PDF document with blank pages, low quality pages, or filler content. Or perhaps you scanned a document and some of the images aren’t clear. 

How do you delete pages from PDF files? 

We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to delete PDF pages on a desktop computer. We’ve included free methods and paid tools, so you can get the most out of your PDFs. 

Why Delete Pages from PDFs?

There are many reasons why you may need to delete a page (or multiple) from a PDF document. Some of these reasons may include:

  • Removing unnecessary pages.
  • To organize long documents. 
  • To simplify the content in the PDF, for the viewer. 
  • To remove confidential or sensitive information.
  • To remove duplicate pages. 
  • To remove poor quality pages (like from scanned documents). 
  • Remove pages that are no longer relevant. 

How to Delete Pages from PDFs with Adobe Acrobat

  1. Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Click the Organize Pages (on the right pane).
  3. Select the thumbnail of the page you want to delete. 
  4. Click the Delete icon. 
  5. Press OK.
  6. Save your new PDF. 

How to Delete Pages from PDFs with PDF Pro (Adobe Alternative)

To delete PDF pages via entering the page range:

1. Open the PDF in PDF Pro. 

2. Press the Edit tab.

Edit tab highlighted in PDF Pro.

3. Press Delete Page(s)

Delete Page(s) button highlighted in PDF Pro.

4. Enter the page(s) you want to delete, then press Delete.

Delete Pages dialog box with Page Range field highlighted, and "1-5" entered in the field. The red Delete button is also highlighted.

To delete PDF pages in thumbnail view: 

1. Press the Thumbnails button (on the left side of the screen).

Show Thumbnails button highlighted, with a red arrow pointing at it.

2. Select the thumbnail of the page you want to delete. (To delete more than one page: Hold the Ctrl key while clicking each page). 

3. Right-click the selected pages, then press Delete page(s)

Thumbnail of a page is selected. The context menu is being shown, and the Delete page(s) option is being highlighted.

How to Delete Pages from PDFs in Preview (Mac) 

  1. Open the PDF in Preview.
  2. Press the View menu button.
  3. Press Thumbnails
  4. Select the thumbnail of the page you want to delete. (To delete more than one page: Hold the Command key while clicking each page). 
  5. Press the Delete key on the keyboard (or press Edit > Delete).

How to Delete Pages from PDFs with a Web Browser (Microsoft Edge, Chrome, etc.)

This method involves using your default browser and virtual printer to print to PDF, and excluding the pages you wish to delete. We've used Microsoft Edge in this example, but the methods will be similar on most browsers.

1. Open your PDF in your default browser PDF viewer (Chrome, Edge, etc.) 

2. Click Print (Alternatively: ctrl + p)

Print button highlighted in Microsoft Edge.

3. Ensure Printer is set to Save as PDF.

Printer is set as "Save as PDF", with the field being highlighted.

4. In Pages specify which page(s) you would like to keep, omitting the pages you wish to delete, then press Save.

Page Range field shows 1-19, with the field being highlighted. The Save button is also highlighted.

5. Name your new PDF document, then press Save.

Save As dialog box with the File name field highlighted and showing "New Name". The Save button is also highlighted.

How to Delete Pages from PDFs for Free Online (Google Drive & Google Docs)

Note: formatting issues are common when using Google Docs to edit PDF files (especially if the PDFs contain text). If you're looking for a reliable way to delete pages from PDF, you'll want to invest in a PDF editor.

1. Upload the PDF to Google Drive

Google Drive popup showing the 1 upload is complete. The PDF titled "Sample file". There's a green circle with a white check mark on the right side of the name.

2. Click the PDF, and Open it in Google Docs

Mouse cursor hovering over "Open with Google Docs".

3. Use your mouse to select and highlight the page(s) you want to delete. 

Text selected by mouse, in Google Docs.

4. Press the Delete or Backspace key on the keyboard.  

5. Press File menu.

File menu button highlighted in Google Docs.

6. Click Download, then select PDF Document (.pdf).

From the dropdown, the Download option is highlighted, and is leading to different options. PDF Document (.pdf) is highlighted, and has a mouse cursor on it.

How to Delete Pages from PDFs for Free (Microsoft Word)

This method should work on all copies of Microsoft Word 2013 or later. You’ll need access to Word to use this method. 

1. Launch Microsoft Word. 

2. Press Open.

Open button with a red box around it in Word.

3. Press Browse.

Browse button highlighted in Word.

4. Find the PDF, then press Open.

Sample PDF is selected in the Open file dialog box. The Open button is highlighted.

5. Press OK

Microsoft Word dialog box stating that the PDF will be converted to an editable Word document. The OK button is highlighted.

6. Use your mouse to select and highlight the page(s) you want to delete. 

Text selected with the mouse, in Word.

7. Press the Delete or Backspace key on the keyboard. 

8. Press File menu.

File menu button with a red box around it in Word.

9. Press Export

Export button with a red box around it.

10. Click Create PDF/XPS button. 

Create PDF/XPS button highlighted in Word.

11. Name your new PDF file, then press Publish.

Publish as PDF or XPS dialog box with the Publish button highlighted. The File name is "New PDF".

FAQ 

How do I delete pages from a PDF? 

PDF Pro is perfect for deleting pages from PDFs. Open the PDF in PDF Pro, then: Edit tab > Delete Page(s) > Specify page(s) > Delete

Can I undo deleting pages from a PDF? 

If you have not yet saved since deleting the page(s), you can close the PDF and open it again to restore the delete page(s).

PDF Pro Makes Deleting Pages Easier Than Ever  

Have you ever needed to delete a page from a PDF document? 

We’ve shown you several different methods to deleting individual or multiple pages from PDF documents, regardless of your need or operating system. 

But our recommended method for deleting PDF pages is PDF Pro

PDF Pro is our affordable All-in-One PDF editor to easily read, create, and edit PDF documents. Delete, insert, and reorganize PDF pages easier than ever.

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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.