By Teddy CipollaFri. 05 Jan. 20243min Read

How to Crop in Adobe Acrobat

Find out how to crop in Adobe Acrobat and ensure you know how to isolate and save any portion of a PDF. Cropping PDFs is essential for document management.
How to Crop in Adobe Acrobat

We always appreciate other PDF and document management tools in our sphere, especially when it comes to their tools. 

Adobe Acrobat has a great crop tool that's surprisingly similar to our own. Let's break it down!

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Theodore is a B2B SaaS Content Marketer with over ten years of experience. He is passionate about helping professionals appreciate the value of tools quickly.

How to Crop in Adobe Acrobat

Let's get started with our quick and easy guide for cropping PDFs with Adobe Acrobat. 

Step 1: Open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat and click on the "Edit" tab

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Step 2: Click on the "Crop" icon

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Step 3: Click and drag a selection box around the area you need to crop

Press "Enter" on Windows or "Return" on Mac to confirm your crop box. 

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Step 4: Select your "Set Page Boxes" settings

Consider the "Show All Boxes", "Change Page Size" and "Page Range" sub-menus before clicking "OK".

Select your
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Step 5: Confirm and save your selection

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How to Crop in Adobe Acrobat: Best Practices 

Cropping in Adobe Acrobat is straightforward, but we want to show you a few tricks to make the most out of this process.

See our walkthrough on cropping PDFs to tailor your documents perfectly.


Removing White Margins from PDFs

Step 1: Open tools

Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat. Navigate to the "All tools" menu to access the available tools.

Step 2: Access print production

In the "All tools" menu, look for the "Use print production" option. Click on it to reveal the Print Production toolset in the right pane.

Adobe Acrobat tool showing
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Step 3: Open set page boxes

Find and click the "Set page boxes" option within the "Use print production" toolset. This will open the "Set Page Boxes" dialog box.

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Step 4: Select "Remove White Margins"

Look for the "Margin Controls" section in the Set Page Boxes dialog box. Here, select the option for "Remove White Margins" to prepare for margin removal.

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Step 5: Set page range

Decide whether to remove white margins from all pages or just a specific range. Set the page range accordingly or select "All" under Page Range to apply the changes to the entire document.

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Undoing Cropping in PDFs

Step 1: Access crop pages

Begin by opening your PDF with Adobe Acrobat. Navigate to the "Page Thumbnails" panel within the navigation pane. Here, look for the "Options" menu to find and select "Crop Pages."

Step 2: Open set page boxes

Choosing "Crop Pages" from the Options menu will lead you to the Set Page Boxes dialog box.

Step 3: Reset margins to original

Within the Set Page Boxes dialog box, locate and click the "Set To Zero" button. This action resets the margins, reverting the page and its content back to the original dimensions before the cropping.

Page Boxes dialog box within the Set Page Boxes menu
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In wrapping up our discussion on cropping PDF documents, it's important to note that while Adobe Acrobat is a well-known solution, other versatile tools are available, such as PDF Reader Pro. This alternative offers a comprehensive suite of features that are perfect for those looking to make quick edits, including efficient cropping tools.

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PDF Reader Pro stands out as a robust and user-friendly option for both basic and advanced document management. Its intuitive interface allows users to easily navigate through the tools menu, making quick adjustments like cropping a hassle-free task.

With its distinct versions catering to different needs, from a free, widely-used version to a larger, premium version, PDF Reader Pro ensures that there's something for everyone.

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Whether you're adjusting the format of your document or need to make a series of edits, PDF Reader Pro offers a reliable and efficient platform.

It's designed to streamline your editing process, making each adjustment, including cropping, a step towards perfection. As you continue to manage and refine your documents, consider the capabilities and user-friendly nature of PDF Reader Pro as your go-to PDF editing tool.

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