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I need to increase the top and bottom margins of all the pages in a pdf file, or alternatively increase the size of each page so as to add a little white space at the top and the bottom. How can I do this?

The pdf is not cropped so it is not a matter of decreasing the crop.

I have Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.

EDIT: The pages in the pdf files have different sizes, and I need to keep it that way. What this means is that I can't just change the page size, cause that would produce a pdf file with all pages of the same large size. What I need is to add a small differential of size to each page separately.

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I needed to shift down the text on a 109-page pdf so it would print to labels. I was able to do it in Header/Footer. Click on Tools > Pages > Header & Footer > Add Header & Footer. After you change the margin you want adjusted, click on Appearance options and select "Shrink document to avoid overwriting the document's text and graphics."

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Here's what I ended up doing: I added a thin Header/Footer to every page with Adobe Acrobat Pro 9. There's an option in the Header/Footer dialog that compresses the contents of every page to make space for the header/footer, which is exactly what I wanted.

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You can definitely increase the page size: Go to the Document menu -> Crop Pages and put a larger size in the Change Page Size section.

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See the edit I just made to the question. This doesn't help me. Thanks anyway. – becko Dec 31 '11 at 19:07
Ah, yeah, I don't know of a way to give a size relative to the previous size. – rakslice Jan 1 '12 at 8:20

I just encountered this problem:

The solutions I considered:

  • Add an arbitrary blank header & footer
  • Change page size and re-crop to confine to your size ( not good if you have several pages that are different sizes )

The solution I used:

  • Print dialogue, shrink, print-to-pdf ( This could be bad if you want to preserve meta data, but there are programs for quickly adding bookmarks if that is what you are concerend about like jpdfbookmarks.)
    • There are options in the print dialogue to change the page sizes to: fit, actual, shrink, or custom scale. I've had a lot of success with shrinking the pages.
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