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Chapter 8. More on Editing PDF Files > Reducing the file size

Reducing the file size

Before you share your PDF file, it's a good idea to make sure that the file is as small as possible. You'll use the Reduce File Size command to do this. First though, you'll check the file size.

1.
In Acrobat, choose File > Document Properties. In the Description tab of this dialog box, check the file size.

The file size is approximately 237 KB. File size may vary slightly with your platform.

2.
Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

Now you'll see the result of using the Reduce File Size command.

3.
Choose File > Reduce File Size.

4.
Choose the version of Acrobat that you want your file to be compatible with. We choose Acrobat 4.0 and later. Click OK.

When you choose the compatibility level, be aware that the newer the version of Acrobat that you choose, the smaller the file. If you choose compatibility with Acrobat 7.0, you should be sure that your intended audience does indeed have version 7.0 installed.

5.
In the Save As dialog box, save your modified file using a different name. We saved the file in the same directory using the name SmallerFreshWater1.pdf. Click Save to complete the process.

When you're using the Reduce File Size command, it is always a good idea to save the file using a different name so that you don't overwrite the unmodified file.

Acrobat automatically optimizes your PDF file, a process that may take a minute. Any anomalies are displayed in a Conversion Warnings window.

6.
Using the same method as you used in Step 1, check the size of the SmallerFreshWater1.pdf file.

The file size is approximately 197 KB. Again, file size may vary slightly with your platform.

Choose File > Close and close your file. If necessary, close the Advanced Editing toolbar, and exit or quit Acrobat.


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