How to Merge PDF Files With Your Mac for Free (Leopard & earlier OS’s)

Do you need to merge some PDF files into one file, but you do not feel like shelling out the cash needed for Adobe Acrobat? Well, you’re in luck. Whether you are running OS X 10.5 Leopard, or an earlier OS, I have a solution for you.

Here are the solutions:

OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

In Leopard, simply open the PDF that you want to be the first page in Preview (a program that comes with your OS that is the default viewer for PDF’s unless you change it). Then, click on the icon for the sidebar in the upper right section of the window. Once the sidebar opens, simply drag the other PDF files that you want to merge with this one into the sidebar.

And if you want to rearrange the order of them, simply click on (holding the clicker down) the file that you want to move, and then drag it to the new location in the sidebar. There will be a red line that will show you where you will be moving it to.

Very easy!

OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and earlier

With Tiger and earlier OS X’s, simply download and install a program called Combine PDF’s. You can download it here.

After you download it and install it (double-click on the file that you download; drag the icon for the program that appears in the window into your Applications folder), open it.

Then, either drag the PDF’s you want to merge into the big white box on the left, or click on the “+” button in the bottom left, browse your Mac, and select the PDF file(s) and/or JPEG(s) you want to merge (hold down your open apple/command key to select more than one PDF file and/or jpeg).

After you have all of them, and they are in the correct order (drag them up and down until you have them in the right order), simply click on the “Merge PDF’s” button in the bottom right of the program window and save it to the desired folder.

The Combine PDFs program will only work for 1000 PDF merges. You will then have to buy a license. But I feel that 1000 merges will last the average user for a long time.

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