How to split a PDF into multiple files

Splitting a PDF into multiple files is a useful task when you want to extract specific pages or sections of a PDF document. You can achieve this with various methods and software tools. Here are two common methods to split a PDF into multiple files:

Method 1: Using Adobe Acrobat (Paid Software)

Adobe Acrobat provides a straightforward way to split a PDF into multiple files:

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat on your computer.
  2. Open the PDF document you want to split by clicking “File” > “Open” and navigating to the file location.
  3. Go to “View” > “Tools” > “Organize Pages.”
  4. In the Organize Pages tool, you’ll see a thumbnail view of the PDF pages on the left side.
  5. To split the PDF, you have several options:
    • Split by Page Range: Click on the page(s) you want to split out, then right-click and choose “Extract Pages.” In the dialog box that appears, specify the page range and choose whether to delete the extracted pages from the original PDF.
    • Split by Number of Pages: In the Organize Pages tool, you can also choose to split the document into a certain number of pages per file. Click the “Split” dropdown menu and select “Number of pages” and specify the number of pages per file.
  6. After configuring your splitting preferences, click the “Extract” or “Split” button to create the multiple PDF files.
  7. Save the split PDF files to your desired location by clicking “File” > “Save” or “Save As.”

Method 2: Using Online PDF Splitting Tools

Online PDF splitting tools offer a convenient way to split a PDF into multiple files without the need to install software. Here’s how to use one of these online tools (such as Smallpdf):

  1. Visit an online PDF splitting tool, such as Smallpdf ( or ILovePDF (
  2. Upload the PDF file you want to split.
  3. Depending on the tool, you can choose to split the PDF by page range, extract every page as a separate file, or specify other criteria.
  4. Configure the splitting settings according to your preferences.
  5. Click the “Split PDF” or similar button to start the splitting process.
  6. After splitting, download the individual PDF files, which will be saved as separate documents based on your chosen criteria.

These methods should help you split a PDF into multiple files efficiently. The choice of method depends on your preferences and the software tools available to you. Online PDF splitting tools are convenient for quick tasks, while Adobe Acrobat offers more extensive options and control.