Use these tips to combine PDFs on Mac or Windows devices.
Merging multiple PDFs together shouldn’t be stressful. Sure, working with lots of different documents can get tricky, but there are a few easy ways you can combine PDFs together, whether you’re constructing a portfolio or just looking for ways to cut down on file clutter.
One of the most popular tools for combining PDFs is Adobe Acrobat, but that software will cost you at least $13 a month for a subscription. Luckily, there are a few other ways you can combine PDFs for free, no matter what type of computer you’re using.
Here’s how to combine multiple PDFs for free, whether you’re working on a Windows device or a Mac. (We’ve also got tricks for how to easily sign PDFs, and four free apps for better PDF editing.)
How do I combine PDFs on Windows?
If you’re using Windows, you’ll need a third-party app to help you combine PDFs. We tested a few, and found a solid option in PDF Merger & Splitter by AnywaySoft. It’s available through the Microsoft Store for free.
Here’s how to merge PDFs with this app:
Open the app, and choose Merge or Split. If you just need to merge two documents without changing the order of any pages, choose Merge.Click Add PDFs, and select however many you want to merge. You have the option to move them up or down, or sort by name. You can also preview what the merged documents will look like. Once your documents are in order, hit Merge, and name and save the new merged PDF.
If you want to customize your merger a bit more, such as by changing the order of pages or only adding in certain parts of each PDF, you’ll have to split them first. To do that, select Split…