on Mac, how to export pdf for certain pages.

For example, I have a pdf file for 40 pages, I just want to export page 10 and 11. Can anyone help me?thnaks

6 Answers 6

  1. Open the PDF in Preview.
  2. Turn on the sidebar. alt text
  3. Turn on thumbnails. alt text
  4. Select first desired page in sidebar and copy it (command + c).
  5. Click File > New From Clipboard or type command + n.
  6. Turn on the sidebar and thumbnails in the new document.
  7. Drag remaining pages from original document sidebar to the new document sidebar.
  8. ???
  9. Profit.
  • Dragging every page separately is very laborious. Step 5's keyboard shortcut is wrong (at least on Mac OS X 10.6).
    – Daniel Beck
    Jan 22, 2011 at 16:43
  • @DanielBeck, Correct, it should be command + n. And LOL @ "very laborious".
    – tyblu
    Jan 22, 2011 at 16:47
  • Not an issue with 2 pages, but how about 50? From your description I assume you copy them one by one.
    – Daniel Beck
    Jan 22, 2011 at 17:00
  • @DanielBeck, No, I either edit the original, deleting unwanted pages, or use your method.
    – tyblu
    Jan 22, 2011 at 17:02
  • That's cooooool, preview makes it more simple.
    – iMom0
    Mar 7, 2014 at 7:40

Alternatively you can open your document and choose File > Print… . Set the page range desired as if you would print the document, and then click on the PDF button and choose Save as PDF…


Open the PDF in Preview, show the sidebar's thumbnail view (Cmd-Opt-2), and select the pages you want to have as a separate document in the sidebar (you can select multiple pages by holding Cmd down while clicking, or select a range of pages by selecting the first, then selecting the last while while holding down Shift).

Then drag and drop them to the desktop. A new PDF file will be created with just those pages.

Alternatively, press Cmd-C to copy the selected pages in the sidebar to the clipboard and create a new document from clipboard by pressing Cmd-N. Don't forget to save (Cmd-S)


Here is another method:

  1. Choose print from file menu that will bring the print dialog
  2. On Pages option choose Range or Single as appropriate
  3. At the bottom PDF button click and choose 'Open PDF in preview'. This will open the chosen pages as a PDF in preview.
  4. Now choose File/Export and on the dialog choose Format as JPEG or PNG appropriate.
  • This is really the only effective way of doing it from Preview.
    – Benjamin R
    May 17, 2015 at 2:32

A variation: command-click in the sidebar to select the two pages you want. File > Print Selected Pages. Save as PDF from the PDF pulldown button on the lower left of the print dialog.


You can select a range via SHIFT OR you can use Command button to select noncontiguous pages. Then follow the directions for creating a new document as above.

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