How to Reduce PDF File Size in Adobe Acrobat

When generating PDFs, smaller PDF file size is always a good idea. Larger PDF files take up more hard drive space, difficult to attach in an email and often load slowly on PC and mobile devices. No matter how big your current PDF file is, it is possible to reduce PDF file size even more with few simple clicks.

How to Reduce PDF File Size

In order to significantly reduce the PDF file size, you will need Adobe Acrobat Standard software. Adobe also provides monthly subscription to the software through its website. This software allows you to create, edit and sign PDF files. If you already have the Adobe Acrobat Standard software, here are the steps to reducing PDF file size.

  1. Open the desired PDF file using Adobe Acrobat Standard software. Ensure the file is saved by clicking on File > Save As from the menu bar. 
  2. While the PDF file is still open, click on Document > Reduce File Size. A dialog box will open.
    how to reduce pdf file size
  3. Select Retain existing from Make compatible with section of the Reduce File Size dialog box. Click OK.
    reduce pdf file size dialog box
  4. Adobe Acrobat will prompt you to save the file. You may overwrite the existing PDF file or save it using a new file name.

That’s all! The PDF file size should now be significantly reduced.

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