How to make a pdf file smaller? [multiple methods]

Have you ever tried to reduce the size of your pdf file? While using the e-filing system at court, a university, or for a job application? If so, you must be overwhelmed at that time, but as certain websites and applications do have a particular size criterion, there is nothing that you can do but comply. On a daily basis, many people are scrolling the internet regarding the list of websites to compress pdf or reduce pdf size manually?

Some of these websites would let compress a pdf online and let you download a copy of the file. But what does the internet do is to scuff these people down a consistent rabbit hole, they are presented with many different solutions, but only a bunch of them work.

To come to terms, we have listed the following methods to reduce pdf size; these might get you going for real. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it;

[Method 1] Use Adobe acrobat pro to reduce the file size

This solution might only apply to users who are using Mac right now and are probably ramming on the internet about making a pdf file smaller on Mac?

Step1: Open the PDF file in Adobe acrobat pro and select save as others from drop down menu

Simply open up Adobe Acrobat Pro on your Mac or on another laptop and open your desired file. Then click on the file tab on the acrobat pro, select “save as others”

open pdf in acrobat reader

Step 2: Select reduced size PDF option

Select the “reduced size pdf” option from the opened window; click OK, and save your file. The pdf file size will be reduced to your desired limit

reduce pdf size using acrobat reader pro

[Method 2] Use MS Word to reduce the file size

Step1: Open the file in MS Word and select save as

Save as the file PDF

Open your file in the Microsoft word, scroll to the save as button and choose the “PDF” from file format drop-down menu.

reduce pdf size in MS Word

Click Ok, and you will be able to save your pdf. But if you are not happy with your pdf’s current size and want to compress pdf to 100kb, then apply the following method.

Step 2: Reduce the side of PDF using MS Word

reduce the pdf size using MS Word

Open the same file again using MS word and click the file tab and press save as, select the pdf as your ultimate file type and save the file with a different name. The only tricky part would be selecting a file, the rest is easy. When the save prompt appears, select an option “Best for electronic distribution and accessibility” and click export. You will be able to reduce the size of your pdf file even more.

[Method 3] Use print option from MS Word

Step1: Various other free tools can help you with this task. For starters, PrimoPDF is a viable option; open your file in MS Word press “ctrl+P” at once, it will direct you to a print window. This print to pdf element works brilliantly.

free PrimoPDF to reduce size

Step2: Now, from the list of printers, choose the PrimoPDF and click done, an extra copy of the pdf will be created for you with a comparatively smaller size.

With this method, overall, “image resolution” will be reduced considerably. It performs lossy compression, so, files with images will be compressed well but with poor quality image output.

[Method 4] Use PDF optimizer

Controlling various elements of the pdf file, such as image and fonts, will allow you to clear up more space and clean some of those extra kilobytes down. Using any PDF optimizer could help with editing the PDF file. There are multiple PDF editors available online that are free to use.

online pdf optimizer

Using browse button, select your PDF document, click upload. A separate window will open with multiple options from resize, covert to optimize the file.

resize and spit the pdf

Select optimize option and click Optimize PDF!.

save the reduced pdf

Once the optimization is done, the website shows the reduced size . Click download to download the reduced file.