By Megon VenterTue. 15 Aug. 20233min Read

How to Rearrange PDF Pages in Seconds

Whether it’s for better organization or to create a different flow for your document, knowing how to move around pages can be a handy skill. Let's delve into how to rearrange PDF pages.
How to Rearrange PDF Pages in Seconds

With the increasing reliance on digital documentation, effectively managing PDF files is becoming more essential. One common task many users need to accomplish is rearranging the pages within a PDF file.

Whether it’s for better organization or to create a different flow for your document, knowing how to move around pages can be a handy skill. Here, we'll delve into how to rearrange PDF pages using some handy editing tools on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Megon Venter
B2B SaaS Content Writer
Megon is a B2B SaaS Content Writer with 7 years of experience in content strategy and execution. Her expertise lies in the creation of document management tutorials and product comparisons.

Rearranging PDF Pages Using Windows

Use the PDF editor tools on PDF Reader Pro to rearrange the pages of your document using Windows.

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  • Step 1: Open your PDF file

Go to the menu bar, click Open File, or drag your entire file to the drag-and-drop interface. 


  • Step 2: Click "Page Edit"

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  • Step 3: To rearrange the thumbnails on the grid, click and drag them. 

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  • Step 4: Click "File" and "Save As" to save the document in its new order.

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Rearranging PDF Pages Using Mac

To process PDF documents on a Mac operating system, follow a similar process with PDF Reader Pro's powerful tools.

  • Step 1: Open your PDF File in PDF Reader Pro

Select your PDF document from the PDF organizer or open a new file by dragging it into the drop zone or clicking Open File. 

  • Step 2: Click Page Edit on the Menu

This will open a view of all the pages in your document in thumbnail format.

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  • Step 3: Rearrange the Pages

Drag and drop the thumbnails to change the order of your document in minutes. 

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  • Step 4: Save Your PDF File

Click the File button and select Save As to export your edited PDF documents to your desired folder.

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You can also explore our guidance on How to Rearrange PDF Pages on Windows.

Best Practice

Although PDF Reader Pro's rearranger tool provides an easy user interface, there are certain things to keep in mind. This includes making sure you:

  • Backup Before Editing: Before making any changes to your pdf file, always ensure you have a backup. This allows you to restore the original file if any issues arise during editing.
  • Review Changes: After rearranging pages, do a quick review of your pdf file. This ensures the pages are in the desired order and that no pages are mistakenly removed or duplicated for optimal PDF quality.
  • Optimize: If you're editing large PDFs, rearranging pages might increase file size. Use optimization tools available in most PDF editing software to keep file sizes manageable.

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Q: What is the need for rearranging pages in a PDF document?

A: The need can arise for various reasons such as better organization, adjusting the flow of content, merging multiple documents, or correcting an initial sequence error.

Q: Can I rearrange pages in a PDF document for free?

A: Yes, several online tools and software allow you to rearrange pages in a PDF for free. However, always use trusted platforms, especially if your PDF contains sensitive or personal information.


Q: Is there a limitation on the number of pages I can rearrange at once?

A: While premium tools like Adobe Acrobat may not have limitations, some free tools or online platforms may limit the number of pages you can edit at once or the size of the file you can upload.


Q: Will rearranging the pages affect the quality or size of my PDF?

A: Typically, just rearranging pages doesn't affect the quality of the content. However, if you use optimization features or save in a different format or quality setting, it may alter the file size or quality. For this reason it's important to keep a copy of the original document. 


Q: Are online PDF rearranging tools safe to use?

A: While many online PDF tools are safe, always be cautious. If your document contains confidential or private information, it's best to use reputable software on your local computer rather than online platforms.


Q: Can I undo changes after rearranging pages in a PDF?

A: Yes, most PDF editing software will allow you to undo changes. However, once you've saved and closed the document, you might not be able to revert the changes unless you have a backup of the original file.


Q: How can I ensure that my rearranged PDF is in the correct order?

A: After rearranging, review your PDF thoroughly page by page. It's also a good idea to use the bookmarking or table of contents features, if available, to navigate and ensure correct order.


Q: Can I rearrange pages in a password-protected PDF?

A: Generally, you'll need to provide the password to edit or rearrange a password-protected PDF. Once unlocked, you can make the necessary changes.


Q: Do I need special software to rearrange PDF pages, or can I use common applications?

A: While special software like Adobe Acrobat provides extensive PDF editing capabilities, basic tasks like rearranging pages can also be done using common applications like Preview on Mac.


Remember, the key to efficiently rearranging PDF pages lies in familiarizing yourself with your chosen tool and always maintaining a backup of your original file.

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