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I'm faced with a 600 pages long PDF document. There's some vital information on it but at least half of those pages are not necessary so I would like to exclude them from the PDF prior to printing to save papers and time.

I'm on Mac OS X, one before the latest (I am not sure of naming conventions but I think it's 10.7.5)

How can I do this? Possibly with free software or even what's on the mac?

Thank you!

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  1. Copy your document.
  2. Open it with Preview.
  3. Open the Draw with (command+Shift+D) OR (command+Alt+2).
  4. Select the pages you don't want.
  5. Delete it with (command+backspace).

You can see more about Preview at this page.

From @Nicholas J. Matiasz: In Preview 8.0 (OS X Yosemite 10.10.1), open the Thumbnails view with (alt+command+2). To delete specific pages, select the appropriate thumbnails and press (delete).

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Alternatiev approach: Just print the pages you want.

  • Open up the printing dialog in your favorite PDF-Reader and open up the print dialog.
  • set the pages to print by givong the page numbers you need (ie. 1-3,5,7-12,15 for printing only pages 1 through 3, 5, 7 through 12 and 15).
  • hit the print button and be happy.
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With the Preview application installed on 10.6, this doesn't seem possible because there ain't an input field for such stuff (do you know a way to get one?). With Adobe Reader 9.2.5 it may be possible to do this, at least there are a fitting text box and a radio button in its printing dialog. –  Percival Ulysses Oct 9 '12 at 11:34
In preview you have the ability to select the required pages in the sidebar and then start the print dialog. Then you have an additional radiobutton saying "Selected pages from the sidebar" (Or something along that line, I'm currently not on an english system) –  heiglandreas Oct 9 '12 at 12:09

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