Have a stack of papers you need to carry around? Scan them into one PDF, instead!
If you've ever read long story, article, or document, and you're dreading carrying around a stack of papers, try scanning them, instead!
Scanning pages into one PDF is a great way to keep them organized.
It also makes it a breeze to email or share to others (since there's usually limits the number of documents you can attach to an email).
But if you've scanned the pages separately, you may find that you've ended up with multiple (separate) PDF files, as well.
Which probably isn't much better.
Fortunately, it's pretty easy to scan pages into the same PDF document.
We'll show you the easiest, and most reliable methods, regardless of the device you're on.
Let's get started!
There are countless reasons to scan multiple PDF pages into one PDF.
Common reasons include:
To scan multiple pages into one PDF, you'll need two things:
To scan your document to PDF, ensure that you have a scanner connected to your computer. Alternatively, new phones can use their camera as a scanner.
To merge your scanned pages into one PDF, you'll need a PDF editor or online PDF Combiner.
The easiest way to scan multiple pages into one PDF is by using a free, online PDF merge tool to combine your scanned pages.
We recommend our PDF Combiner. It's 100% free, fast, and safe. And works on almost any device.
1. Insert your page into your scanner, and press Scan. (Repeat for all pages).
2. Visit PDF Pro's PDF Combiner.
3. Upload your scanned pages.
4. Press Merge.
5. Download your new PDF.
The best way to scan multiple pages into one PDF is by using a dedicated PDF editor.
A good PDF editor can instantly scan and merge documents into one PDF in just a few clicks. And will have OCR functionality to recognize text within your documents.
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In this method, you can either scan your pages from the scanner, or from within PDF Pro's desktop app.
That's it! You now have one PDF that contains all your scanned pages; ready for you to store, share, or edit further.
If you pay for Adobe Acrobat, you can use it to scan multiple pages into one PDF.
Please note, you'll need the premium version of Adobe Acrobat to use this method. This method won't work in Adobe Reader.
Mac users have more than one way to scan multiple pages into one PDF.
They can take advantage of Mac's default Preview app, or they can use a dedicated PDF editor for the best results.
Preview is the default PDF-viewer on Mac. It can also be used to help scan pages into one PDF file.
The most reliable way to scan multiple pages into one PDF is with a dedicated PDF editor. This is true whether you use Windows or Mac.
One option for Mac users PDF Expert. PDF Expert is a third-party PDF editor made specifically for Mac computers.
Mobile phone users can use their phone camera to scan document pages. You'll have to scan each page one at a time, but it's a great free method.
iPhone users can use Apple's Notes app to scan multiple pages into one PDF. Note: this only works in iOS11 or above.
Android users can use the Google Drive app on their phone to scan multiple pages into one PDF file.
If you've followed the steps above, then you should now have a single PDF document that contains all your scanned pages.
Scanning pages into one PDF, like this, makes those pages easier to email to others, and keeps them well organize.
iPhone and Android users can use their phone camera to scan pages. While desktop users will need a scanner, and a tool to merge scanned pages.
The most reliable way to scan multiple pages into one PDF is by using a dedicated PDF editor, like PDF Pro.
PDF Pro is our all-in-one PDF editor, converter, OCR tool, and more.
PDF Pro lets you do more with scanned pages:
Here are some frequently asked questions about scanning multiple pages into one PDF, that we've answered for your benefit.
Yes! To do so, you'll need a PDF editor or an online tool to rearrange PDF pages.
Yes! To do so, you'll need a PDF editor or an online tool to split PDF pages.
You can use the Notes app on your iPhone to scan multiple pages into one PDF.
In the Notes app: Create New Note > Add (+) > Scan Document > use the iPhone camera to capture images of the page > repeat for all pages > Save > select the newly scanned pages > Share > Print > back > Share > Save as PDF.
You'll need to use a PDF editor like PDF Pro, or an online PDF combiner.
From the Google Drive app on your mobile device: Add (+) > Scan > Use the camera to capture an image of the page > Tap the Checkmark > repeat for all pages > Save.