How to Reduce File Size of a PDF Quickly For Free

Adobe Acrobat is a necessity for many of you who deal with PDFs on a day-to-day basis but it is of no surprise that the service, until now, lacked advanced features that were otherwise available for free from its competitors. In an attempt to catch up with other services in the market, Adobe is bringing new features to the web version of Acrobat and with it, comes a new way to reduce the file size of a PDF.

In this post, we’ll help you compress a PDF file size quickly without the need to download additional software or apps on your device. 

How to reduce the file size of a PDF quickly

Adobe allows users to compress PDF files within a web browser using its Acrobat Web service. The PDF compression tool can be used to reduce the size of large PDFs so that they can be stored on your device and shared with others.

The service claims that the compression process optimizes the file size of the PDF in such a way that it preserves the expected quality of images, fonts, and other file content. You can use the PDF compression tool on Acrobat web to compress PDF files of up to 500MB size. 

To get started with the compression process, go to the Compress PDF page on Acrobat Web using a web browser of choice on any device and clicking on the ‘Select a file’ option on the screen.

In the popup window that appears, locate and select the PDF file you wish to compress and after that, click on the ‘Open’ option.

Your file will now be uploaded to the Adobe Document Cloud.

Acrobat will now automatically start compressing the uploaded PDF.

Once the compression is over, you will be shown the “Your compressed PDF is ready” message on the screen. You will also be able to see the new and old file sizes of the PDF file you selected.

To download the combined PDF file, you’re required to sign in or sign up on Adobe using any of the log-in methods that are available to you. Click on your preferred sign-in method and follow the on-screen instructions.

You will be able to download the compressed PDF file as soon as you’re signed in. For this, locate the file that was compressed, then click on the 3-dots icon adjacent to it, and select the ‘Download’ option from the popup menu.

The newly created compressed file will now be downloaded onto your default downloads folder. 

That’s how you compress PDF files directly on Acrobat web.


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  1. Unfortunately this feature is not in the free Reader desktop application. It is in only in the full Adobe Acrobat that you have to purchase. This is good that is free on the web.

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