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mac inquiry Level 1 (0 points)

You used to be able to drag and drop pages from one Preview document to another. That feature is not longer available. Is there anyway to combine PDF documents into one file now?

Preview, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • John Galt Level 8 (45,953 points)

    It's still there:


    Mac OS X v10.6: How to combine PDF documents using Preview:


    Drag the thumbnail of one PDF document (source) over of the thumbnail of the other PDF document (destination) and release the mouse or trackpad button when the pointer shows a green circle with a plus symbol in it. This will copy all pages from the source PDF and add them to the end of the destination PDF.

  • Felsinae Level 1 (0 points)

    hm.  No green circle appears, and I waited at least fifteen seconds...

    My version of Preview (though it's dated 2012) seems out of date — it looks different from what I see here:  But I can't find where to download a new version of Preview.

  • jmpmusic2 Level 1 (0 points)

    select all the documents, thumbnails views in right panel, go to "file" and "pring selected pages" last on drop down. that will merge all and give option to save as pdf. number the docs in the order you want to appear in final pdf.

  • Charlie Vanitas Level 1 (0 points)

    You are right. Looks like these guys are using the old version of OS X. In the newest and greatest as of June 2013, this functionality is not available in Preview. The only way is to select all the files and Print and then print to pdf.

  • Sapeksh Level 1 (0 points)

    This functionality is still available. The only condition is that all documents that are being merged should be in pdf format. Even if one of them is not, the merging capability is removed. Documents in jpeg and some other formats open by default in Preview. These can be exported to pdfs through File -> Export -> PDF before trying to merge.

  • Sarabande Level 1 (0 points)

    Just to add; when you drag across the additional pages you need to do a "select all" before you do a save otherwise it will only save a single selection.


    Edit: Please ignore; I'm talking rubbish. I just tried it and it doesn't work.

  • afengalicious Level 1 (0 points)

    Go to View > Show Toolbar


    View pages as thumbnail

    Then select the last page of the file or click on the page just before where you want your merged file to be

    2. Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 8.41.18 PM.png

    What is at the bottomleft

    3. Choose the file you want to merge with



  • qgraves Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, finally figured it out for the latest version of Preview.  Open the document you want on top, in Preview.  Then expand the sidebar and change it to thumbnails.   Then open Finder so that it overlaps the Preview window as little as possible, navigate to your file, then drag and drop the icon into the sidebar. Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 7.31.38 PM.png

  • etopia Level 1 (0 points)

    This fuction appear to have disappeared in Mavericks.

  • presto211 Level 1 (115 points)

    You're right, can't get it to work right in Mavericks. What used to be as easy as pie is now the most ridiculous, convoluted thing it could possibly be. Apple continues to drop the ball on their ease of use and it's incredibly frustrating.

  • Tcomplex Level 1 (0 points)

    It actually does work in Mavericks, just as it did before.  Here is the trick:


    1) View thumnails of first file in Preview.

    2) Drag icon of next file ABOVE NOT BELOW the faint horizontal line after the last page of the first document.

    3) Continue with additional files.

    4) Save


    Now, the additional pdfs will be incorporated into the original file.


    How it works for you all.

  • twopennies Level 1 (0 points)

    None of the above methods worked for me :(.


    For now, this seems to work:

    1)  In FINDER, double click the 1st file to be merged.

    2)  in PREVIEW, click Edit/ Insert/ Page from File.

    3)  Select file in popped up menu/FINDER.  Keep doing 3) until no more file to merge.

    4)  Click File/Save.


    Similar Acrobat, except can't choose where in the file to merge.

  • lanceloz Level 1 (5 points)

    It looks like Preview (at least the version of Mavericks) doesn't handle PDF vs image files (eg. JPG) the same way when combining.


    The drag and drop tip over or just above the thumbnail of the first file works fine for me when dealing with PDF files. The insert file method also when it is PDF files.


    None of these methods are working for me when dealing with JPG files for instance.

  • Breakit Level 1 (0 points)

    I found that if I:


    1.  Show edit toobar - which is in View or is a button next to the search bar in Preview


    This causes a small addition symbol "+" to appear in the bottom left corner of the icon menu on the left side of preview.


    2.  Click on the addition symbol and you'll be given three options

         Insert page from scanner

         Insert page from file

         Insert blank page


    3.  Once I inserted from file (I already had the pdf) I could then save it as a single document.


    The above methods always kept the documents separate and did not allow me to merge.

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